Future Social Care Coalition

Who we are

Care has been effectively ignored for decades. Now is the time to act and make a real difference to all those receiving and delivering care.

The Future Social Care Coalition includes former health and care ministers, employers and the largest union in social care. It’s the first time such a group has come together to push for change.

  • Caroline Abrahams, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance 
  • Nadra Ahmed OBE, Chair, National Care Association
  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care
  • Rt Hon Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care and Chair of Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Alastair Henderson, Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 
  • Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services
  • Rt Hon Lord Bob Kerslake, Former Head of the Civil Service
  • Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care
  • Christina McAnea, General Secretary, UNISON
  • Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum 
  • Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK
  • Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair, Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)
  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Former Secretary of State for Health
  • Jackie O’Sullivan, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance

A message from the Co-Chair of the Future Social Care Coalition

“Care has long been the forgotten service. The pandemic has magnified the sector’s faults like nothing else.

Its problems cannot be ignored for a moment longer. This unprecedented alliance brings together employers, politicians who know about the sector and the biggest care union to make a powerful case for change. Now the government needs to listen and start to take the care crisis more seriously.

Care needs urgent and lasting reform. Paying dedicated staff who look after our elderly and vulnerable relatives a proper wage would start to transform care into a service fit for the future.”

Christina McAnea, General Secretary, UNISON

Advisory Board


Christina McAnea, General Secretary, UNISON

Christina McAnea, General Secretary, UNISON

Caroline Abrahams, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance

Caroline Abrahams, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance

Nadra Ahmed OBE, Chair, National Care Association

Nadra Ahmed OBE, Chair, National Care Association

Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care

Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care

Rt Hon Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Rt Hon Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care and Chair of Social Care Institute for Excellence

Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care and Chair of Social Care Institute for Excellence

Alastair Henderson, Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Alastair Henderson, Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services

Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services

Rt Hon Lord Bob Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service

Rt Hon Lord Bob Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service

Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care

Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care

Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum

Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum

Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair, Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair, Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Former Secretary of State for Health

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Former Secretary of State for Health

Jackie O'Sullivan, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance

Jackie O'Sullivan, Co-chair, Care and Support Alliance

Members