THE Government minister in charge of social care visited a Halesowen old person's home to see best practice.

Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris invited David Mowat MP for discussions on the future challenges facing the social care sector as the percentage of elderly people grows in the UK.

Mr Morris took Mr Mowat MP to Grange Hill Care Home in Halesowen and then held a discussion with care providers, GP’s and professionals in Rowley Regis.

During the visit plans for increased social care funding were confirmed, which will be allocated to local authorities in order to relieve the pressures facing the social care system locally.

Mr Morris said: “I am taking very seriously the challenges we face in our social care sector and I was pleased to confirm with the Minister that Dudley Council will be receiving an extra £13.8m and Sandwell Council an extra £15.1m to help relieve the pressure locally.

"This funding will help local councils and our local NHS.”

Halesowen care home owner, and vice-president of the National Care Association, Tony Billingham valued his meeting with the minister.

He said: “I am thankful to James for organising this visit so that I was able to show the minister first-hand the services we provide, and explain to him direct the challenges we are facing.

"I am confident that the minister listened and understood the issues raised, and pleased to hear that as part of the budget money will be made available locally.”