CVS at the party conferences – a review of the season

Now the hectic party conference season is just a distant memory, and my batteries have recharged, I wanted to give you all an update of the things that have been happening over the last few weeks.

We took a stand at the party conferences with our usual partners, Counsel and Care. They do outstanding work in assisting those that care for the elderly and their families.

During the Lib Dem conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg paid us a visit and asked about the services we provide for children and the elderly respectively – I resisted asking for a photo! I also had the pleasure of meeting with Paul Burstow, Minister for State, who had some really thought provoking things to say about elder care.

And at the Labour conference, Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds came to say hello (he did pose for a photo!); it was great to be able to chat to him briefly.

I also spoke at a Conservative party fringe event with Maria Miller and Sarah Jackson OBE at which we discussed childcare, elder care and flexible working.

You’ll have noticed a theme here!

My eyes have certainly been further opened to the elder care debate; a topic that has worked its way back to the forefront over recent years and is something that’s close to my heart.

Undoubtedly there is much more to come on this debate, and we’re just getting started! You can certainly expect more on this from me and my counterparts at Counsel and Care, so keep reading!

As well as attending the three main party conferences, I was guest speaker at an event for the Institute of Payroll Professionals on 5th October, and spoke to delegates about optimising their childcare voucher schemes.

All in all, a busy few weeks, now it’s back to the office for business as usual!