Labour Leadership: Starmer Backs Calls For Free Social Care



By John Pring in Disability News Service.


The MP leading the race to be Labour’s next leader has become the first candidate to back calls by disabled people’s groups for the introduction of free social care, funded by national progressive taxation.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, said he supported the motion passed at last autumn’s national conference, which called for a new National Independent Living Support Service (NILSS) for England that would provide a universal right to independent living that was “enshrined in law”.

NILSS would be designed by service-users and carers in partnership with local authorities and the NHS, and it would be delivered “as far as possible” by service-users.


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