Labours of Love - The Crisis of Care

For decades, care work in Britain has been undervalued – stripped of meaning and spoken about in mercantile terms. Wages are low. Council budgets have been cut to the bone. But what does caring for another person really mean, and how could we begin to build a different, more humane system?

Over five years journalist and author Madeleine Bunting travelled the country speaking to charity workers, doctors, social workers, in-home carers, nurses and more, exploring the importance and humanity of care. She finds remarkable stories: in GP surgeries, in end-of-life teams, in work undertaken by parents for their disabled children, that conjure a different way of imagining our society and the connections between us. Blending these revelatory testimonies with a history and language of care, Labours of Love is an essential and timely portrait of our nation, and a solutions-focussed clarion call for change.

Chaired by Sheilagh Matheson

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