Bradford MP David Ward backs amendment to Care Bill

MP David Ward

MP David Ward

First published in News

Bradford East MP David Ward has signed an amendment to the Care Bill that would protect the 2,000 vulnerable people in Bradford who will lose their social care due to council cuts.

Mr Ward (Lib Dem) has signed amendment 37 sponsored by Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, to clause 13 of the Care Bill which would introduce a more generous eligibility criteria when the new National Minimum Eligibility criteria comes into force in 2015.

The amendment would introduce a lower threshold than has been proposed by the Department of Health, lowering it from ‘substantial` to ‘moderate’, meaning hundreds of thousands of people across the country would be eligible for care and support from their local Councils.

It would also mean the 2,000 people across Bradford that would lose care and support under Bradford Council’s cuts would be legally protected.

Mr Ward said: "The changes proposed by the amendment would roll back the callous care cuts made recently by Labour in Bradford and would mean that those that will lose their care packages would be guaranteed their care and support under law.”

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