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Our message to the next Government: #FixSocialCare

November 15, 2019

The 75 members of the Care and Support Alliance are all united that the next Government must #FixSocialCare and give the country the care they need. After 20 years of promises, it’s now time for action.

Currently at least 1.5m people do not get the care they need, some people have to sell their homes to pay for care and family carers are being pushed to the brink caring for relatives with little or no support.

The alliance agrees on key reforms including, care should be free to use (just like the NHS and schools) and should be funded through some form of taxation. After years of political disagreement politicians from both, the left and right agree that some form of risk pooling is needed so people don’t have to bear all the brunt of care costs.

The 75 organisations include Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Mencap and The National Autistic Society, all work with people, and their families, that need care.  Further reforms the alliance agree on include: disabled adults, older people and carers must all benefit from changes there needs to be an independent national eligibility for care; and people should be able to get care when they first need so to prevent further ill health, whereas currently, people have to be in crisis to get help.

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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 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.”