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CSA’s response to the Government’s Spending Review 2019

September 4, 2019

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:

“Although the devil is often in the detail when it comes to Government spending announcements, on the face of it the extra money announced for social care in 2020/21 should help to keep our current care system tottering along for another year. It should also hopefully mean that local authorities will not have to cut back their care spending this autumn, as many had warned was likely.

“However, the care system is in such bad shape that this new money, welcome as it is, will only buy some time for the next 12 months, it will not be sufficient to address the strategic challenges care faces, including sky high turnover among staff.

“For this we will have to wait for the Government’s care reform plan which the Chancellor promised we would see ‘in due course’ today. For many millions of sick and disabled adults, older people in declining health and family carers, and for our many dedicated paid care workers too, this plan cannot come too soon. How useful this money will be will depend on how long the Government takes to act on implementing a new action plan for social care. We will certainly hold this Government to its pledges.”

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.

CSA’s response to NHS Long Term Plan

January 7, 2019

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, and Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“The new NHS Plan has much to offer disabled people, older people and carers but it will be like a plane flying with one of its engines misfiring unless social care can also fully play its part. Last year the Government agreed that Health and Care are interdependent and said it was postponing the launch of the Social Care Green Paper so it could be published alongside this NHS Plan, but today, with no Green Paper, this looks more like just a good excuse to kick the can down the road once again.

“When will the Government wake up and realise that there is no avoiding the need for significant additional public investment in social care and present us with some proposals for bringing this about? With the NHS Plan now published the onus is firmly on Ministers, the Chancellor especially, to give social care the financial backing it needs.

“Millions of disabled people and older people rely on good social care every day to live their lives and to stay fit and well. Today it is more obvious than ever that we desperately need a care system worthy of the name. Dedicated care staff keep delivering for their clients but they are often doing it despite the system they work in, not because of it. They deserve better, as do the disabled people and older people they support day in, day out.”