Members of the House of Lords debated the impact of cuts in grants to local authorities on the provision of social care and other public services on 9 December.
The debate was opened by Baroness Thornton, Labour spokesperson for health and for work and pensions. Other Members who contributed to the debate included:
- Baroness Sherlock (Labour), former special advisor to Gordon Brown in the Treasury
- Lord Beecham (Labour), a vice-president of the Local Government Association and former leader of Newcastle City Council
- Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), a vice-president of the Local Government Association and former leader of Newcastle City Council
- Lord Adebowale (Crossbench), chief executive of Turning Point, the UK’s leading health and social care organisation
- Baroness Barker (Liberal Democrat), a former grants officer at Age Concern and a vice-president of the Local Government Association
- Lord Low of Dalston (Crossbench), chair of the Royal National Institute of the Blind
- Lord Tope (Liberal Democrat), former council leader of the London Borough of Sutton
Lord Bates, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, Lord Lipsey, Baroness Hollins, Baroness Wilkins, Lord Parekh, The Earl of Listowel and Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton also spoke.
Baroness Hanham (Liberal Democrat), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, responded on behalf of the government.
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