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DRUK comments on Queen's Speech

14 October 2019

Responding to the Queen's Speech today, DRUK's Sue Bott said: "Once again, a commitment to reform social care but only so far as ‘bringing forward proposals’ which we have heard many times before. Will this time be any different?

We note the stated intention to reform the Mental Health Act following its review published in December 2018. People experiencing mental ill health must be at the centre of any reform.

We hope that the domestic abuse legislation will finally get through Parliament and will provide for the particular needs of disabled people facing domestic abuse."

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and Co-Chair of CSA (Care Support Alliance) also responded to the Queen's Speech. We agree with her. She said: "We’re pleased the Queen’s Speech said that the Government intends to bring forward proposals on adult social care but are conscious the Government only mentioned older people, and seems to be ignoring the fact that working age adults and carers rely on social care too. Also, we’ve been here before and ultimately been badly let down. The sooner the Government publishes its ideas the better - older people and disabled people and their families and carers have been left hanging for far too long.”