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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

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

Spring Budget 2017: CSA Response

March 8, 2017

The Care and Support Alliance’s response to the March Budget, 2017.

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

“Today’s announcement is a welcome reprieve for social care but it isn’t a long term fix

“By committing an extra £1bn for social care in 17/18 and £1bn for the following two years, the Government has finally started listened to older people, disabled people and their carers to recognise the scale of the social care crisis.

“The Chancellor talked about fairness, however this money doesn’t create a fair social care system on its own; it just keeps our unfair social care system as it is for yet another year. The Government must ensure that all of this money benefits social care.

“The Green Paper on the future financing of social care must not kick this issue into the long grass and must quickly set out plans for a sustainable social care system. The clock is ticking and our social care system is still in crisis.

“Our current system is brutally unfair and leaves at least 1.2million adults without the basic care they need. Currently, inadequate social care puts people’s health at risk, increases pressure on families, means the NHS has to provide more expensive care to look after neglected people, and sees many care homes and other services closing because they aren’t given a fair price for care.

“This budget keeps the wolf from the door for another year. The Government must act quickly on longer term reforms.”