CSA’s response to Labour’s plans to introduce free personal care
September 23, 2019
Caroline Abrahams, Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:
“So whilst we welcome the Labour Party’s proposals and commitment to invest in care, confining their model only to older people risks creating a two-tier system within which many working age disabled people will find their care needs continue to go unmet. This is unacceptable from the CSA’s point of view since we want any new system to give everyone the care they need, whether they are above or below the age of 65, and to support their Carers too.”
· At least 1.4 million disabled and older people do not get the care they need.
· Care and Support Alliance (CSA) (2018) found that more than a quarter (29%) of disabled 18 – 64-year-olds who rely on council funding have had their care cut over the last year. Also regardless of how their care is funded, – nearly half of respondents to the survey told us that because of a lack of care they have experienced not being able to get out of the house (48%) and not being able to work (46%), or have seen their health deteriorate (49%). In addition, nearly a quarter (24%) told us they are unable to move around their homes safely because of not having the social care they need.
· Working-age adults account for 48% of local authorities’ spend on social care (Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England – 2015-16 [NS], NHS Digital, October 2016).
· In addition, PSSRU projections of future costs highlights that public expenditure on social services for younger adults is set to rise from around £8.4bn (0.53% of GDP) in 2015 to £18.4bn (0.73%) in 2035 (at 2015 prices) (Personal Social Services Research Unit, Projections of Demand for and Costs of Social Care for Older people and Younger Adults in England, 2015 to 2035, Economics of Health and Social Care Systems Policy Research Unit, 2015)
CSA’s response to new PM’s pledge to fix the crisis in social care
July 24, 2019
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) said:
“We are hugely encouraged that within a few minutes of taking office our new Prime Minister has pledged to fix the crisis in social care. It also means that the debate can shift from ‘if’ to ‘how’. Putting the right policies in place will be crucial and Age UK and the CSA looks forward to engaging with the new government on what needs to be done.”
“If Mr Johnson can make good on his pledge he will deserve the heartfelt thanks of millions of disabled adults, older people and their carers, right across the country. All these people need decisive government action and it cannot come too soon.”
CSA’s response to Boris Johnson’s proposals to tackle social care
July 23, 2019
The co-Chairs of the Care and Support Alliance, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK and Oonagh Smyth, Director of Strategy and Influence at Mencap, said:
“Whilst the Care & Support Alliance welcomes the new Prime Minister’s prioritisation of social care in his domestic agenda, the proposals we have seen trailed in today’s Sun fall far short of what is needed.
The Prime Minister should move quickly to restore confidence in the sector and amongst the public that social care will be a key priority for his government. Instead of proposing a private insurance scheme, which all the evidence suggests won’t work, we need an urgent injection of emergency, short-term funding to stabilise the system, followed by a plan to secure social care in the longer term.
Internationally, the leaders in this field like Germany and Japan operate schemes that cover their whole populations, giving everyone some help if they develop care needs. By definition no voluntary scheme can ever do this. Whatever the funding mechanism chosen, it has to be compulsory so that everyone is protected.
Any long term solutions must also factor in that working-age disabled adults do not have assets and life savings that can be used to fund their care. If whatever the Government proposes ignores their needs, as well as those of the millions of overstretched and unsupported family carers, it will not be remotely fit for purpose. More broadly, a voluntary scheme focused only on those who develop care needs in later life would essentially be more of the kicking-the-can-down-the-road that we’ve seen over the past two years.
The Prime Minister must show leadership and fix social care once and for all.”
CSA’s response to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Budget Survey 2019
June 26, 2019
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) said:
“The cautious optimism among local councils last year appears to have died, alongside their hopes and ours’ for an ambitious Green Paper. The Government’s failure to produce any proposals at all throws the spotlight back on the Care situation in local areas, which is certainly no better and in some respects, such as workforce availability, worse. Meanwhile demand for care and pressure on unpaid carers continues to rise from disabled people of working age and older people.
“A poll for a paper last weekend found that social care was second in the public’s concerns, behind only the NHS. The pressure on government to act is growing and our new Prime Minister is not going to be able to kick the can any further down the road. Whoever he is, he should seize the opportunity to put care on a sustainable path to the future, starting with an injection of emergency funding to arrest any further decline.”
Want the Government to know what your care means to you? CSA is collecting your stories to share with the new Government.
June 23, 2019
Today, at least 1.4 million are denied the care they need to help them with their illness or condition (that’s more than the population of Birmingham). But those who get good social care describe it as ‘life support’.
Social care can be the basic help to get you dressed or help with meals, or it can be the support you need to work or live independently.
The Care and Support Alliance, representing over 75 organisations, is calling on the new Government to act now to fund social care properly.
We are asking all those that need or do get social care to please spare 2 mins to share what social care means to them.
Others have told us:
“Not getting social care means…being we are trapped.”
“Good social care would mean… us being free. We have become prisoners in our own home because of the cuts.”
Click here and take part before 22nd July: http://careandsupportalliance.com/what-social-care-means-to-you
The Care and Support Alliance is campaigning for the Government to act because it doesn’t have to be this way. The Government can change this now. As a country we can afford to care and we should care. Funding and reform would ensure everyone can get the care they need.