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Dignity guardians toughen social care regulations

13th March 2006

The care services minister Liam Byrne has announced plans to introduce dignity guardians designed to improve social care regulations.

Mr Byrne said the new group would include members of Help the Aged, the consumer group Which? and Action on Elder Abuse.

It is hoped the measure will help care homes to continue to improve upon the standards of care they offer those in their charge.

Mr Byrne said: "If we are to achieve the ambition set out in our recent white paper to help people maintain their dignity by being active and independent, then we need to ensure our regulation and standards are of the highest quality."

The measures are also designed to give elderly people the chance to report on the standard of care they receive and suggest further areas of improvement.

Mr Byrne is today visting a care foundation in Stoke to gauge views from the elderly as to how best to improve care services in the area.