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Queen’s Speech marks delay to social care reform

Charities have expressed their disappointment at the absence of a full Bill to reform social care in yesterday’s (9 May 2012) Queen’s Speech.

10 May 2012

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It was announced that the government will publish a draft bill on care for older people in this session of parliament, but many organisations have been campaigning for urgent reform and believe that any delay will be detrimental to an already “crumbling” care system.

“A draft Bill on social care is some progress but a full Bill would have been so much better,” said Michelle Mitchell, charity director of Age UK. “As it is, this means no legislation for at least a year to drive the reform of social care law and funding that we desperately need.”

“We accept that these reforms have to be got right and we want to work with the government to make sure this happens; nonetheless, the millions of older people and their families who depend on good social care and who are often not able to get it will be asking why, yet again, they are being made to wait.”

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