Hope for the future of social care?

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Hope for the future of social care?

As a result of the most recent ministerial reshuffle, social care has a new minister – Phil Hope, replacing Ivan Lewis who has held the post for almost two-and-a-half years, succeeding in their turn Liam Byrne and Stephen Ladyman, who each served about a year in the post.

Jacqui Smith, now home secretary, had previously held the position for three years, succeeding John Hutton.

Phil Hope was appointed “minister for the third sector” in June 2007 and previous to this, he served as Parliamentary under secretary of State for Skills. Formerly a teacher, he has also been a youth policy advisor to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Head of the Young Volunteer Resources Unit at the National Youth Bureau and a management consultant to not-for-profit organisations.

While many in the sector regret the lack of continuity in social care’s top political position, the appointment of Phil Hope is widely seen as a positive step i

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