18 Jun 2024
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

Update 18 June

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is today (Tuesday) 18 June at 23:59Click here to register today.

For those who wish to vote via postal vote, the deadline is Wednesday 19 June at 17:00. And the application for a proxy vote is on Wednesday 26 June at 17:00.

New rules means voters need to bring photo ID to their polling station in order to vote. Information on the accepted forms of ID, also known as a Voter Authority Certificate, can be found here. The application deadline for Voter ID is Wednesday 26 June at 17:00.

Update 13 June

The Labour Party has launched their manifesto, where they commit to planning a programme of reform to create a National Care Service. They also pledged to establish a Fair Pay Agreement.

The response from our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Townson OBE, can be found here.

Update 12 June

The Green Party has published their manifesto, in which they announced a total invest of £23 billion a year towards adults and children’s social care, alongside introducing free personal care, increased pay and an improved career structure for the workforce.

The response from our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Townson OBE, can be found here.

Update 11 June

The Conservative party has launched their manifesto, where they pledge to implement a spending cap on social care costs and will provide local authorities with a multi-year funding settlement to further the reforms set out in the ‘People at the Heart of Care’ white paper.

The response from our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Townson OBE, can be found here.

Update 10 June

The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto, ‘For a Fair Deal’, making several pledges to reform the social care system.

Under their flagship proposal, free personal care would be provided in the same way as NHS treatment, with services free at the point of use.

Other social care pledges include:

  • A social care workforce recruitment plan, a Royal College for care workers, and a higher minimum "Carer's Wage"
  • "Personalised" care through trailing personal budgets and improved digital platforms
  • Guaranteed care provision through a new National Care Agency setting minimum standards
  • Making "care experience" a protected characteristic under the Equality Act
  • And giving unpaid carers more support through increased allowances, respite breaks, and employment protections.

Click here to read the response from our Chief Executive, Dr Jane Townson OBE.

6 June 2024  

We have published our homecare manifesto for the general election on 4 July 2024, it provides a comprehensive 7-point plan to transform the UK's homecare sector. By prioritising home first, fostering collaboration and investing in long-term solutions, we aim to create a sustainable, accessible and high-quality homecare system for all.  

The homecare sector faces significant challenges, from underfunding to workforce shortages. Our new manifesto confronts these issues head-on, presenting innovative solutions to ensure quality care for those who need it most.  

30 May 2024

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s decision to call a general election has kickstarted what is known as the ‘’wash up’’ period where the government will try to progress any outstanding legislation with the aim of making it law before parliament is prorogued. Parliament will be dissolved on Thursday 30 May until after the election.

The Government will then be in a ‘purdah’ which describes the period between a general election being announced and parliament dissolving and the date an election is held. Ministers, civil servants and local authorities will be required to exercise caution in making announcements or decisions that might affect the election campaign. More information can be found here

ITV will host the first election debate between Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer on Tuesday 4 June at 9pm. The hour-long debate will be moderated by ITV news presenter, Julie Etchingham. There is an opportunity to submit questions to the party leaders, more information can be found here.

22 May 2024

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has announced the UK general election will take place on Thursday 4 July. We will keep members up to date on the progress of the election.

The Electoral Commission has confirmed the deadline to register to vote in the general election is Tuesday 18 June at 23:59. Click here to register today.

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