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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 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:

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.”

CSA’s response to the 2018 Government Budget

October 29, 2018

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

“Our dominant reaction to today’s Budget announcement is relief, but we are disappointed that the investment in social care wasn’t more and that at £650m (plus £45m for Disabled Facilities Grant),  it is somewhere between a third and half of the amount the experts say is needed to fill existing gaps in services.”

“Due to lack of funding, next year was shaping up to be truly perilous for the delivery of social care so it is very good news that this extra money has been found, but at £650m it won’t be enough to plug current gaps, let alone bring back the care homes and home care packages we’ve lost over the last decade or so – all at a time when demand has been rising. Unfortunately, despite this additional money the 1.4 million older people with some level of unmet need for care will have to continue to ‘make do’ and those older and disabled people who are lucky enough to be receiving a service are unlikely to see any improvement in 2019.

“This announcement also continues the pattern whereby year on year, governments allow social care to teeter on the brink, only to bail it out with an emergency hand out – just enough to prevent total national collapse but no more. The problem is that this approach gives neither staff nor providers much encouragement to stay and so they continue to drift away, storing up even greater problems for the future.

“Nothing could better demonstrate the need for a bold and ambitious Social Care Green Paper, fit for meeting the challenge of saving social care for this and future generations, with much also resting on the outcome of next year’s Spending Review.”