Ministerial role

Minister of State for Community and Social Care

Responsibilities

Ministerial responsibilities include:

  • adult social care
  • autism
  • integration
  • local government
  • mental health
  • older people
  • physical and learning disabilities
  • primary care, including dentistry and ophthalmic services:
    • GP contract
    • out of hours care
    • pharmacy
    • primary care commissioning policy

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

Alistair Burt MP was appointed Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health in May 2015.

He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and is the Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire.

Education

Alistair was educated at Bury Grammar School, and studied at St John’s College Oxford, where he was president of the university law society.

Political career

  • Member of Parliament for Bury North 1983 to 1997
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, for Education and Science and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1985 to 1990
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State then Minister of State, Department of Social Security 1992 to 1997
  • Member of Parliament for north east Bedfordshire 2001 to present
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition 2002 to 2005
  • Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government 2005 to 2008
  • Opposition Assistant Chief Whip 2008 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Foreign & Commonwealth Office May 2010 to present

Career outside politics

Alistair became a solicitor in 1980 and served on Haringey Council in London from 1982 to1984.

Personal life

Alistair and his wife Eve have 2 grown up children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Norman Lamb

    • 2012 to 2015
  2. Paul Burstow

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Carers' health
  2. Choice in health and social care
  3. Dementia
  4. End of life care
  5. Health and social care integration
  6. Long term health conditions
  7. Mental health service reform

Announcements

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  1. Deputy PM announces billion pound boost over 5 years for children's mental health services

    • 18 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Government names and shames largest ever number of National Minimum Wage offenders

    • 24 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Supporting carers to stay in paid employment

    • 13 February 2015
    • Press release
  4. Deputy Prime Minister launches search for Mental Health Heroes

    • 5 February 2015
    • Press release
  5. Local Mental Health Heroes recognised by the Deputy PM

    • 5 February 2015
    • Press release
  6. Peace of mind will be the measure of our success

    • 4 February 2015
    • Speech
  7. New funds to kickstart joint working with NHS and councils this winter

    • 30 January 2015
    • Press release
  8. Nick Clegg calls for new ambition for zero suicides across the NHS

    • 19 January 2015
    • Press release
  9. Emergency care for the mind

    • 10 December 2014
    • Speech
  10. Deputy PM announces £150m investment to transform treatment for eating disorders

    • 2 December 2014
    • Press release