Green paper debate in parliament- Hansard

read hansard here Sample of questions asked : Mr. David Anderson (Blaydon) (Lab): I just want to pick up on the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, North (Kelvin Hopkins). Can we be clear that the Secretary of State is not ruling out discussions on the type of model that has been proposed by my hon. Friend—a model that should be fully funded by tax or national insurance? Although that is not one of the options in the Green Paper, will the Secretary of State, as he said, be listening and not ruling it out? If he wants to rule it out, I will go home now and get the 2 o’clock train. Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): In the context of the figures that the Secretary of State has just announced, when he considers the results of the consultation will he pay particular attention to the fact that as the population gets older, and given that older people have a higher level of dependency, so, within families, do their carers? Increasingly, pensioners are looking after even older pensioners who are their dependants. He cannot ignore that, because the strain on older people in a caring role is very great. Mr. Burstow: Earlier this year, the Government announced a very welcome injection of £150 million for carers over two years. In a debate that we had earlier this year about carers, I asked the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for Corby (Phil Hope), how we could track that money. He quite rightly urged me to go back to my constituency...

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care

Carer Watch have received the following answers to questions we asked of these groups. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you with the answers to the questions. These are the answers from both charities and do come back to us with any questions. 1. Do you believe CA should be kept seperate from the main benefit system? We believe that carers’ benefits should be raised, that more carers should be eligible for benefits and that more effort should be made to increase uptake of carers’ benefits. We also think that more should be done to help carers who wish to find and maintain work alongside smaller, more manageable caring roles and we would like to see more flexibility in the benefits system so that carers were not penalised when they take up part time work. When any proposals are made to change the benefit system that might affect carers, we consult with our networks of Carers’ Centres and Crossroads Care schemes to gain the opinions of carers and base our response on that. We have not canvassed opinion on the issue of whether CA should remain separate, but we know that any changes that risk lowering rather than raising carers’ benefits would be very unpopular with the hundreds of thousands of carers to whom we offer support. 2. What are your thoughts about the proposal that was deferred, of moving carers to a modified version of JSA? We campaigned against that proposal which was part of the Department of Work & Pensions Green Paper July 08 – ‘No one written off’. We put our objections to the...

Learning Disability Coalition: Green paper fails younger adults

A learning disability leader has reiterated concerns that the government’s adult care funding green paper does not address current and future shortfalls in funding for disabled adults of working age. Anthea Cox, director of the Learning Disability Coalition, told a Community Care conference on the green paper that the policy document was skewed towards meeting the needs of older people, despite significant pressures on learning disability budgets Full article...

Means-test welfare reform is a costly waste, says Peter Beresford

Once, when people talked about welfare reform, it meant trying to improve the lives of people as service users, citizens and claimants. Now it is more likely to mean another attack on people on benefits or a search for an easy way of making public spending cuts. But we can expect to hear much more about welfare reform in the coming months, with a general election pending and politicians on the lookout for easy targets for party-political points scoring and economies. Read it...