The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care

The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care


The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care is
a group of 47 representative citizens from across England who are coming
together over two weekends to consider how adult social care should be funded in England in the future. It’s been commissioned by two parliamentary committees who are really interested in hearing what a representative group of
the public really think the solution should be. I would tell somebody else
about the Citizens’ Assembly, that it’s a very positive thing and I learned a
lot going to it. The thing I found most surprising is that such a diverse group of people could be so engaged and so respectful towards one another on what
is quite an emotive subject. I think this is a really interesting way forward. It’s been absolutely fascinating being here today and watching how this is operating and how engaged people are. Events like these are important because it keeps the focus on what the issues are it refocuses the attention and where it
needs to be. Issues in society needs to be addressed and the government needs to know what people or the general population feel about the different
issues. The Citizens’ Assembly gives us another way of getting a very considered view from a cross-section of the public. So I
think he’s something that’s going to prove very useful on this occasion and
will be an example for other select committees in the future as well. I’m hoping that these findings will be listened to. I know there’s been previous green papers, royal commissions, but I’m hoping that the decisions that we reach this weekend will be listened to by government. The government is going to
have to make some difficult decisions, some unpopular decisions and they need to think about the good of the population. Whether I agree or don’t
agree with what other people have said all of our opinions are important I
think, therefore I hope they they do listen to what we’ve said this weekend. I have been delighted by how enthusiastically people have engaged with the topic and how much they’ve learned. I felt privileged to be actually invited to take part in this citizens’ panel, and I do feel that in the end it is really going to be worthwhile. I would definitely recommend a Citizens’
Assembly to someone else Come along, your opinion matters. You must have an opinion, you can’t just go through life letting other people make
your decisions for you.

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