A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care (APPG Social Care) has been launched to tackle a care sector that is “in crisis”.

The APPG Social Care inquiry will take evidence in the coming months as the sector waits for the long overdue Government Green Paper on social care, which was previously expected last July.

The Green Paper is intended to cover the quality and safety of care services, greater security for those needing care and a sustainable funding model for social care supported by a stable market. The Government is now saying it will be published at the “earliest opportunity” and will contain “a number of different funding options”.

The APPG’s first inquiry will be sponsored by care provider, HC-One, which runs over 340 care homes in the UK. The provider’s Chief Executive Justin Hutchens said: “HC-One welcomes this new Parliamentary group in order to give social care the high profile it deserves, celebrate those staff who provide these essential tasks and point to where improvements must be made.

“The current system is in crisis and we must move forward to ensure we all play our part in achieving the changes required.”

The GMB Union is also sponsoring the APPG. GMB General Secretary Tim Roache stressed how the care system was in crisis and added: “I’m proud GMB is supporting this new Parliamentary group which will look at real lives and real situations, and will make evidenced-based proposals about what must be done in government to make sure are have a care system which values our care workers, and everyone gets the care and support they need.”

MPs in the APPG include Norman Lamb, Damian Green, Barbara Keeley, Louise Haigh and Gillian Keegan.

Last reviewed 7 March 2019