Social care is in crisis, MP Clive Betts tells Paul Ross

Social care: 'We need a comprehensive review', says Clive Betts MP after letter to PM urging review

Theresa May has been urged to find a cross-party solution to social care

Friday, January 6, 2017

An MP has said the UK's social care system is "in crisis" and we are letting older people down.

Clive Betts spoke to talkRADIO after Theresa May was urged to find a cross-party solution to the growing plight of social care and the challenges it faces.

A letter written by the chairs of three influential committees in Parliament has called for the Prime Minister to tackle the problem. 

Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East and chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, said the situation in social care was "desperate".

"The situation is in crisis," he told Paul Ross. "What's happening is people are living longer, but need more support that they're not getting.

""Even when care is provided, it might not be adequate or long enough. Often staff will come along who aren't throughly trained. There aren't enough resources to deliver the care that older people need.

"It's important we try - we owe it to the older generation to make sure they get looked after properly. That's why we need a comprehensive review.

"What it needs now is a cross-party agreement, getting a consensus for an agreed way forward so every year we don't have the crisis on how to keep this system going for another 12 months."