The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from representatives of social workers, including Barnardo’s Northern Ireland, British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland and Marie Curie Northern Ireland.
Wednesday 17 October in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
- Lynda Wilson, Director, Barnardo’s Northern Ireland
- Carolyn Ewart, National Director, British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland
- Joan McEwan, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Marie Curie Northern Ireland
Purpose of the session
Northern Ireland is unique in the United Kingdom in having a structurally integrated system of health and social care. Although the benefits of this structure are now widely recognised across the UK, the provision of social care in Northern Ireland continues to face challenges such as the ageing population, outsourcing to the independent sector and problems in the recruitment and retention of its workforce.
The Committee examines these issues in relation to the 2018/19 Northern Ireland Budget, which has been criticised by several organisations for its short-term, one-year focus. The Committee considers what levels of funding are needed and where it should be directed to support the effective provision of social care in Northern Ireland.