Press release


Monday 10 September 2012

Dr Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga welcomes new Care Minister, Norman
Lamb's commitment to look after Carers, and urges him not to delay getting
to grips with this vital issue.

In his first debate in the Commons, new Minister Lamb was quick to respond to Labour MP, Barbara Keeley when she opened the second reading debate of her Carers Bill.  He gave an immediate undertaking to fully engage with Opposition MPs and the all-party groups to get this right and ensure they do not let down people with caring responsibilities.  There are five million people in this country who are caring for others - they save society huge sums but they often need some support to be able to cope.  Too many of them fall ill, because we have failed to look after them, the social care system must recognise their needs too.

Commenting on Norman Lambs commitment to work with all parties to find a better way forward, Dr Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga said:

"This issue is far too important to fall victim to party politics as it has had a tendency to do in the past.  It's absolutely vital, therefore, that the Minister now delivers on his promise to engage in cross-party talks to ensure an agreed position.  We hope he will do so with the same haste that he gave this commitment.

"We wish Norman Lamb every success in his new post.  Along with the UK's 5 million carers, we will be watching closely to see whether his promises are translated into actions that make a real difference to the care crisis".