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Cross-party talks kick off

January 16, 2012

The Care & Support Alliance has warmly welcomed the start of cross-party talks on the future of social care.

In a joint statement, welcoming the talks which will start this week, the Alliance said: “The unavoidable challenge we face as a country is how to support the increasing number of people who need care. Social care has been put into the ‘too difficult’ tray by successive Governments and these cross-party talks mean that we are closer than ever to reaching a new consensus on the future of the care and support system. The Care & Support Alliance urges each of the party leaders to seize this opportunity for urgent, fundamental and lasting reform: delivering a social care system which can provide the well-funded and high-quality care and support we would all expect for ourselves and our families.”

At the start of January, the Care & Support Alliance joined employers, unions, faith and community groups to write an open letter to the Prime Minister, pointing to the costs to society, the economy and family life of failing to act on the crisis in care.