Live discussion with the Guardian: the care bill

copied from the Guardian

Join our expert panel on Thursday 27 June between noon and 2pm to discuss whether the government’s proposed legislation goes far enough to reform the social care system.

The care  bill 2013-14 is a major piece of legislation  that will overhaul the social care system. It  is aimed at replacing existing law with a new, modern legal framework.

But does it go far enough in reforming the system, or are more radical changes needed? Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, Paul Burstow, the former care and support minister who drafted the 2012 care and support white paper  that preceded publication of the bill, said: “While the bill has been widely praised, there remain missed opportunities.”

In our online discussion, we will be asking: what is missing from the care bill? Which areas need strengthening? Does it say enough about carers’ rights, the threshold of eligibility to social care services and the role of local authorities in providing preventive services  for people with care and support needs? Does it go far enough in supporting older people with their care costs? And should the bill have included a legal right to advocacy?

Join us from 12 noon till 2pm on Thursday 27 June when we will be discussing these issues. If you have a question you’d like to ask the panel, you can email it to You can also tweet us your questions at @GdnSocialCare.

The panel so far includes

• Emily Holzhausen, director of policy and public affairs, Carers UK

• James Lloyd, director of the Strategic Society Centre

Richard Hawkes, chair of the Care and Support Alliance

• Bill Morgan, former special adviser to former health secretary Andrew Lansley

Ros Altmann, a pensions and economics policy expert

• Jonathan Senker, chief executive of VoiceAbility, a member of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

• Sue Bott, disabled activist and former chair of Think Local Act Personal

• John Woods, assistant director for policy and strategy, Surrey county council

• Jane Young, disability consultant and campaigner

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One Response to “Live discussion with the Guardian: the care bill”

  1. Haydn Williams Says:

    We have read and considered every word of Hansard’s report of the ‘carer’s debate’ 200613 and wish to make the following points at least:

    0. “THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES ON!” 1. There was no debate just puff and cover-up. 2. Misdirection from the fact of the pogrom on disabled/sick/carers by talk of none existant ‘rights’. 3. The Subversion of Parliament and the Rule of Law by this temporary regime. 4. Deliberate choice of words like ‘care’/’reform’ to misdirect from actual fear and distress. 5. Premature deaths/abject poverty/internally displaced sub-populations acknowledged.(UN/IDPs) 6. Craven idolatry and acceptance of the political creed of ‘Austerity’ to justify the attacks. 7. Unanswerable parallels with Hans Frank’s policies in Poland from 1939 on. He was hanged. 8. ‘Government policies’ matching the legal definition of terrorism by free-market fundamentalists. 9. Cover-up of the role of organised criminals like Unum Inc. at ATOS Co.Ltd. 10. Obvious inability/willingness to stop this pogrom. 11. The pogrom will end and there will be an aftermath/reckoning including prosecutions. 12. Perhaps Sir Tony Baldry would like to patronise us all food out of his “own taxed income.”(c1081) 13. They are killing disabled/sick/carers and what are OUR Parliamentarians doing about it? 14. “That this House has considered the matter of carers.” Tasked & Finished with.

    Dave Mary Ellen Sion Daz William Alice Beryl John Sam Ali Claire Elizabeth Vic Sarah Chris Pat Colin Joel Victoria Abbe Rachel Ruth Cherril Abigail.

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