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Jo Henney, CEO of Nugent reacts to Wes Streeting’s interview on ‘Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg’

Off the back of Wes Streeting’s interview on 'Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg’, where he  said “on social care [he] would have wanted [Labour’s] manifesto to be more ambitious”, Jo Henney, CEO of Nugent, a charity dedicated to caring for, educating, and protecting vulnerable children, young people and adults through schools, care homes, and community and social work services, shares her response and thoughts on the future of Social care.

“It’s promising to hear that all parties are pledging to tackle ingrained issues with the NHS, education, social care, and housing. 

“However, until we understand how the incoming government plans to fund and retain thousands of new public sector workers – especially given recent strike action and unrest – or provide free meals for every primary school child without imposing more financial burdens on the public or significant cuts to other services, we must remain sceptical to avoid voting for the ‘least worst’ option.

“As the CEO of Nugent, which looks after the most vulnerable in our society, Wes Streeting’s candidness about Labour’s social care plans is both worrying and refreshing.

“On one hand, he acknowledges the need for more to be done and frames it as part of a wider plan. However, we need transparent plans and evidence of guaranteed funding to ensure the security of our sector.

“Our system is already stretched to its limits; over-promising without a concrete strategy can be detrimental to the quality of continuous care needed for the most vulnerable members of our society.”

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