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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 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

Care and Support Alliance’s response to NHS England’s March 2017 Delayed Transfers of Care Data

May 11, 2017

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

“The figures released today highlight the strain our social care system is under.  Delays attributed to social care have soared by 23 per cent in the last year alone (1). These delayed discharge figures are one of the indicators that social care services simply aren’t there to help people who need it. Another is the reality that at least 1.2 million older people and disabled people currently don’t have the care they need to do basics such as get out of bed, wash or prepare meals (2).

“This is putting a strain on families who are finding care simply isn’t there for their loved ones. Denying people care also means they inevitably need more expensive hospital attention further down the line.

“For too long this growing problem has been ignored. All politicians must commit to ensuring, that in the next parliament, social care is properly funded so that people get the basic care they deserve.”

Sources and references

Delayed Transfers of Care Data 2016-17: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/2016-17-data/

(1) http://www.scie.org.uk/news/opinions/dtoc-not-in-isolation

(2) Age UK analysis November 16 http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/12m-older-people-dont-get-the-social-care-they-need/

Chair of Care and Support Alliance stepping down

May 9, 2017

Today the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) announced that Vicky McDermott will be stepping down as Chair as she is leaving her post as Chief Executive of the Papworth Trust. The Chair of the Alliance is selected from Senior Managers from within the coalition.

Vicky will be leaving in September to become Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Optical Council.

Vicky McDermott said: “It has been a real privilege to lead the Care and Support Alliance, especially in what has been a crucial time for the issue of social care. In my remaining months, there is still much to do so it will be business as usual for the Alliance.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and a member of the CSA Management Board and Senior Advisory Group said:

“Vicky has done a brilliant job bringing the sector together at a time of great challenge and opportunity for social care, and while she has been leading the CSA social care has risen significantly up the policy agenda, giving us real hope for the future. She will be greatly missed by everyone in social care but she leaves the CSA in good heart and we wish her all the best for the future.”

A new chair will be announced in July.

Note to editors

The Care and Support Alliance (CSA) is a coalition of more than 90 of the country’s leading charities who are calling for a properly funded care system.

For media enquiries please contact ari.haque@nas.org.uk on 020 7923 5723

Take part: survey of social workers’ looks at care package cuts

April 13, 2017

Community Care and the Care and Support Alliance have launched a survey asking adult social workers about the decisions they are making about peoples’ care in the current financial climate.

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/G35B6VS

Directors of adult soConversation graphic shutterstock image 20140910_0cial services were clear at the start of the last financial year that 24% of planned savings in 2016-17 would come from cutting services or reducing the personal budgets of people who receive care and support (ADASS Budget Survey 2016). We want to know whether and how these cuts have been realised, and the impact on older and disabled people and their carers.

The survey is aimed at adults’ social workers currently practising in England and any other local authority social services staff whose role includes carrying out care package reviews.

It takes approximately 5-10 minutes and can be completed anonymously. It’s open until 10 May.

Community Care is an online resource for social care professionals in the UK. Any data provided will be held by Community Care and shared with the Care and Support Alliance.

If you have any questions relating to the survey, please get in touch with Fredi Cavander-Atwood, co-chair of the CSA Policy and Research Group: fredi.cavander-attwood@mssociety.org.uk