Penniless people could be left with no social care, former health minister warns

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Penniless people could be left with no care at all unless the government takes action, North Norfolk's MP has warned.

Norman Lamb told the House of Commons there will still be a £6bn gap in social care funding by 2020.

The government announced in its spending review last year that it would allow local authorities to raise council tax to pay for social care, but Mr Lamb told ministers the country was facing a 'totally unacceptable situation in which those with money will still get good care and those without money will get substandard care or no care at all', questioning what the government was going to do about it.

Health minister and Norfolk MP George Freeman responded telling MPs that society needed to think profoundly about how it integrated health and social care.

'As I say, the Government have made a £3.5bn commitment from the new precept and the better care fund is a significant commitment, but he is right - we will have to go further. Through the devolution programme and the integration programme, we will have to develop more powers so that local health leaders and care council leaders can better integrate services to reduce unnecessary pressure.'

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