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NCF response to Matt Hancock’s letter on cross-party talks

The NCF welcomes the announcement of cross-party talks around the future reform of Adult Social Care. The government needs to take swift action to move this agenda forward.

Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum says: –

“We welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State that invites members from across the House to attend cross-party talks. It is an important first step in moving forward the reform agenda for adult social care. We look forward to working with parliamentarians and officials as they begin their discussions”

Vic goes on to say;

“However, it is imperative that the government widens it’s narrative about social care to ensure that it focuses on the needs of both working age and older adults. In addition, the reform agenda needs to look ahead, to determine a social care system that addresses both the current short fall, and presents a clear and coherent narrative to develop a system that will address future care needs for generations to come. This is the number one domestic reform priority for government and it must not forsake the ambition of reform for a quick ‘fix’. The Secretary of State needs to hear the message loud and clear that social care matters to us all.”

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Notes for Editors:

The National Care Forum (NCF) represents the interests of not-for-profit health and social care providers in the United Kingdom. The NCF has been promoting quality care through the not-for-profit care sector for over 25 years and is a leading voice in the sector.

The NCF is governed by our Board of Directors and assisted by the NCF staff team, headed by our Executive Director, Vic Rayner. We keep our members up-to-date with news and developments in the care sector and provide opportunities to meet and share ideas and best practice through our regular forum meetings, annual conferences and events, membership benchmarking surveys plus our highly valued weekly newsletter.

NCF is dedicated to representing members, having their voices heard by the decision-makers. We ensure member interests are represented at all levels and are in constant contact with government departments, politicians and the media to ensure their message gets across. Together we have a stronger voice!

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Tel: 02475 185524

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