Liberal Democrats commit to fast-track social work training in manifesto

The party would also invest an extra £6 billion into health and social care, with ring-fenced funding for mental health services

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. Photo: Simon Chapman/LNP/REX/Shuttershock
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. Photo: Simon Chapman/LNP/REX/Shuttershock

A Liberal Democrat government would maintain investment in fast-track social work training and ring-fence more funding for mental health services, according to the party’s election manifesto.

The Lib Democrats also committed to spending £6bn extra a year on NHS and social care, funded by a 1p rise in income tax. Part of the funding would be ring-fenced for mental health.

“Our longer-term objective will be to bring together NHS and social care into one seamless service – pooling budgets in every area by 2020 and developing integrated care organisations,” the manifesto stated.

This would also lead to “single place-based budgets” for health and social care services by 2020, which the party claimed would allow “local areas to decide how best to provide the full spectrum of care for their community”.

The manifesto pledged to “continue to promote and invest” in both the Frontline and Think Ahead fast-track social work training schemes. The Conservative and Lib Dem coalition government introduced both programmes during its time in office.

Other pledges made by the party ahead of the upcoming election on 8 June include a commitment to roll out mental health waiting time standards and carry out an “urgent and comprehensive review” of the impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice for social welfare appeals and domestic violence cases.

 

2 Responses to Liberal Democrats commit to fast-track social work training in manifesto

  1. Paul Owen May 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Also committed to legalising cannabis, Really!!

    And having another Brexit vote.

    Why do these people promise what they can’t provide.

  2. Northern poorhouse May 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    The Lib Dems think we will forget how they enthusiastically voted for the catastrophic austerity cuts that have ruined local govt and social work and devastated the lives of our clients when they were in the coalition government. We have not.

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