New care minister is ‘one of our own’

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

Newly appointed minister for care services Ivan Lewis has described his new role as “like coming home”. In a speech given at the Community Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) implementation event Mr Lewis, who replaces Liam Byrne after the recent cabinet reshuffle, said care services had been his life before he entered politics. “At the age of 14, I started working in the voluntary sector with people with learning disabilities,” said Mr Lewis. “At 16, I left formal education to work in this area full-time. Myself and like-minded friends set up a charity to do this work. We secured funding and I was lucky enough to get the one paid job. We developed it from scratch. “After that, I went to work for a wider client group with the Manchester Jewish Federation. I became chief executive and was there until 1997. In the same period, I became a council member and took on the role of chair of social services in Bury. It was a difficult time with funding cuts and an important learning experience. So I have a backgro

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