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Our response to the CQC State of Care report 2017

October 10, 2017

The Care Quality Commission has today published their latest State of Care report.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care Support Alliance said:

“According to this report people have only a one in fifty chance of receiving great care, compared to a one in five chance of that care not being good enough. What’s worse, these odds are not evenly distributed so if you’re unlucky you may find yourself living in an area where mediocre care is as good as it gets.

“Really this tells you everything you need to know about the state of care today: it’s like a rubber band that’s been stretched as far as it will go and can’t stretch any further. Meanwhile the demand for care keeps ratcheting up.

“In the report the inspectorate effectively puts the Government on notice that our country’s current approach to care is in the last chance saloon, and that increased investment and reform can’t be put off any more. We strongly agree and we call on the Government to put paid to today’s press rumours suggesting they may be preparing to kick the issue into the long grass. This report shows that any such move would be reckless in the extreme.”

Share your social care story with the CSA

September 19, 2017

Are you a part of our care system, be it as a care user, carer, social worker or family member? We’d love to hear your story. As an Alliance campaigning to get people the care they deserve we want your stories about the state of the system. Please tell us about your experience, or if you want to know more get in touch. We would always contact you by email before we share your story and you have the choice to remain anonymous if you would like.

 

 

Caroline Abrahams (Age UK) and Mark Lever (The National Autistic Society) appointed to co-chair the Care and Support Alliance

July 31, 2017

The Care and Support Alliance (CSA) has appointed Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, and Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, as co-chairs. They replace Vicky McDermott, Chief Executive of Papworth Trust who is leaving the adult social care sector.

The CSA is an Alliance of over 80 charities campaigning for a properly funded care system alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care. Members include: Carers UK, Scope, MacMillan, British Red Cross, RNIB and Mind.

Social care is chronically underfunded. In the last seven years budgets have been cut by £6bn in real terms. As a result, half a million fewer older and disabled people receive care now than did five years ago (2), and research has estimated that more than one million people are not getting the care they need (3).

Caroline and Mark put themselves forward as co-chairs to ensure the leadership of the Alliance reflected the importance of care to working age disabled adults and older people, as well as families and carers. They take over at an important time for the sector as the Government have committed to a consultation on adult social care.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

“Mark and I agree it is crucial that the Care and Support Alliance is, and is seen to be, equally passionate about the importance of social care for disabled and mentally ill adults and older people, as well as for their carers, and our co-chairing arrangement is a concrete expression of this on our part. We must stand together across the whole of the social care sector.”

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said:

“This is set to be an important year for social care and the Alliance needs to step up and hold the Government to its pledge of putting the system on a sustainable financial basis for the future. I am really looking forward to working with Caroline and with all our Alliance members to bring the full force of the millions whom we represent behind our shared campaign goals.”

Note to editors

The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.

Media contact

Ari Haque, Tel: 020 7923 5723 Email: ari.haque@nas.org.uk

The Care and Support Alliance’s response to the ADASS Budget Survey Findings, 2017

June 28, 2017

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“Today’s findings show the grave threat that social care is under.

“Social care, which many rely on as life support, is essential in meeting the needs of disabled and older people and their families to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Despite the Government’s injection of cash, collapse of the whole system is still a significant risk.

“Increased costs and raising needs have been met with an overall reduction in money and now more than 1 million older and disabled people are without the care they need.

“The election showed that people are deeply concerned about social care. The Government needs to accept that there is not enough money in the system and that plans for a green paper need to be a priority that addresses both the needs of older people and working age disabled adults. The country currently does not have a care service it needs. This crisis is putting families under pressure, leaving people in need neglected and putting unnecessary strain on the NHS.”

 

Note to editors

The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.

Media Contact:

Ari Haque, Tel: 020 7923 5723 Email: ari.haque@nas.org.uk

The Care and Support Alliance’s response to the Queen’s Speech

June 21, 2017

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“We welcome the inclusion of the social care consultation in the Queen’s Speech. It must finally be a priority for the Government and the consultation must not be an excuse to kick the issue into the long grass.

 

“The fact is we’ve had 20 years of consultations and commissions but there has been a political failure to act to secure sustainable funding for care. The case for reform has never been so strong. The Government needs to act quickly to find a solution that ensures people get the care they need. Currently at least one million people do not get this care. The current system is woefully inadequate, the help that our most vulnerable older people and disabled adults and their families rely on simply isn’t there.

 

“The election showed that people are deeply worried about social care. Reforms need to deliver enough money, look at both the social care for older people and disabled working age adults and address the unfairness people face when trying to get the basic care they need.

 

 

Note to editors

The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.

Media Contact:

Mel Merritt, Tel: 020 7923 5770 Email: mel.merritt@nas.org.uk