Skip to Content Skip to Navigation
Member Login

Member login

No account? JOIN US
UK
Press releases

Carers UK shaping debate at Party Conferences

18 September 2009
How will the political parties approach care in the run up to a general election? Will it influence people's voting habits? Carers UK is shaping debate on the future of social care by hosting fringe events at the party conferences of the three main political parties.

Liberal Democrats - Bournemouth

Fringe: Making social care the big election issue

Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Age Concern and Help the Aged

Monday 21st September

The aim of the event is to explore the role of care as an election issue. We know that in the context of demographic change, social care will become an even more pertinent issue for society - but will this translate into action at the ballot box? Most of us will use care services at some point in our lives, so why do not scrutinise the parties' policies on care in the same way we do for the NHS or welfare? We hope to explore the Party's approach to the issue, and examine social care's role as a key public policy driver/issue that will influence people's voting habits in the run up to the next election.

Speakers:

Baroness Barker, Lib Dem Health Spokesperson

Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Helen Coombs, Ipsos Mori

Chair: Yvonne Roberts, Young Foundation

Labour - Brighton

The Big Care Reception

Sunday 27th September

A reception to celebrate and promote social care and the organisations and individuals providing care. A joint event between 20 organisations with an interest in health and social care, older people, carers, equalities, and disability.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Health

Phil Hope MP, Minister for Care Services

James Buckley, Chief Executive, Tunstall

Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Fringe: Making social care the big election issue

Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Age Concern and Help the Aged

Tuesday 29th September

The aim of the event is to explore the role of care as an election issue. We know that in the context of demographic change, social care will become an even more pertinent issue for society - but will this translate into action at the ballot box? Most of us will use care services at some point in our lives, so why do not scrutinise the parties' policies on care in the same way we do for the NHS or welfare? We hope to explore the Party's approach to the issue, and examine social care's role as a key public policy driver/issue that will influence people's voting habits in the run up to the next election.

Speakers:

Phil Hope MP

Dan Wellings, Head of Public Health Research, Ipsos Mori

Andrew Harrop, Acting Charity Director, Age Concern and Help the Aged

Chair: Jackie Ashley, Guardian

Carers UK also has an exhibition stand on the ground floor of the Brighton Centre - come and visit us at stand 39!

Conservative - Manchester

Fringe: Making social care the big election issue

Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Age Concern and Help the Aged

Wed 7th October

The aim of the event is to explore the role of care as an election issue. We know that in the context of demographic change, social care will become an even more pertinent issue for society - but will this translate into action at the ballot box? Most of us will use care services at some point in our lives, so why do not scrutinise the parties' policies on care in the same way we do for the NHS or welfare? We hope to explore the Party's approach to the issue, and examine social care's role as a key public policy driver/issue that will influence people's voting habits in the run up to the next election.

Speakers:

Theresa May MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Stephen Burke, Chief Executive, Counsel and Care

Julia Clark, Head of Political Research, Ipsos Mori

Chair: Laura Donnelly, Telegraph

Back to top