BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis has backed calls for care service reform by signing a trade union’s pledge.

UNISON wants the government to introduce a National Care Service with better pay – which they say will result in better staff retention – and higher quality care.

Dan said: “Each carer makes an immense contribution to their family and our community.

“There are an estimated 28,000 people providing care for a loved one in Barnsley and helping older people and the vulnerable to live better lives. The government must do more to recognise this vital work.

“I am backing UNISON’s campaign for a National Care Service to help give carers and their families the support they deserve.”

A UNISON spokesperson added: “Care workers are the beating heart of a system that should look after our loved ones with compassion and kindness.

“They must be valued, recognised and rewarded as skilled professionals, so we know it’s time for radical change. Social care should become part of a nationally recognised institution which can respond to the needs of older and disabled people, improving and enriching their lives.”