Kirsten Johnson’s statement on Care in North Devon, following recent reports.

Kirsten Johnson is supporting  improvements to North Devon Care servicesResponding to recent reports in the media, Parliamentary Spokesperson Kirsten Johnson comments:

"I fully support the recommendation of the cross-party group of Peers that our care services need an immediate investment of £8 billion pounds. 

"North Devon has an ageing population. Many move here to retire, and then as they get older rely on care services. I have been meeting with care providers and care users. There is a lot that needs improving in North Devon, and it comes down to funding. £8 billion more for our care services nationally would make a real difference in North Devon. 

"In England, over a million vulnerable older people do not have proper care support. However, in Scotland, where social services are a devolved matter, care is free for the over 65s. 

"Many family and friends have caring responsibilities as their loved one does not meet the criteria for social care. This is wrong. Most unpaid carers are women. The Lords' Economic Affairs Committee report shows that 63% of women who care are aged between 50-64, and care for at least 50 hours a week. 

"I welcome the other recommendation of the report, notably that a further £7 billion a year should be spent to extend free personal care to all by 2025. 

"I believe we should have an integrated health and care system, and that all care should be paid for out of taxes. Any of us could need care at any time - this should not be a lottery where some get good care and others not. I will fight for more funding for our care services in North Devon."

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