New minister of state overseeing adult social care confirmed
By giving the job to Caroline Dinenage, the government have shown an elevation in the importance of adult social care. 2016 for example, marked the first time in eight-years that the remit was given to a junior minister.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care suggested the decision to give the job to a minister of state, reflected the expanded portfolio of the department since the Prime Minister’s reshuffle.
Perhaps the new title shows ambition from the government to address the problems currently surrounding elderly care and what can be done to ‘tackle the challenge of an aging population.’ The impact of which, can be evaluated when the green paper is released.
Dinenage will be responsible for the green paper on social care for older people, expected to be published in the summer.
As part of the new role, Dinenage will be advised by several social care expert groups including: British Geriatrics Society, Care UK and Nottinghamshire County Council.
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