Baroness Morgan: We will keep up momentum on taskforce report

The government has promised to “keep the momentum going” on the social work taskforce report to ensure its recommendations do become a reality.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, junior children’s minister, speaking at a Community Care conference on the taskforce report today, said the report had begun to create the conditions for change but it was now up to the government, employers and universities to “build a reform programme that really does deliver”.

“We in government will publish an implementation plan setting out the details of how this will happen in early 2010 because we want to keep the momentum going. It’s not something we in government can do on our own but we stand ready to work in partnership.”

Care minister Phil Hope added that the reforms would not happen overnight but the government wanted to “get going on an implementation plan as soon as possible”. “We have to be ambitious and optimistic about the future.”

Meanwhile, chair of the taskforce Moira Gibb agreed government had to take “core responsibility” for making sure the momentum of improvement was maintained but said employers and higher education institutions would also have to step up to the plate.

“We’ve given them a lot to change and they will all have to play their part,” she said.

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