The reforms Boris Johnson announced will not and cannot ‘fix social care’ because they don’t improve the quality and availability of care – the new Prime Minister must go further
New analysis by Age UK for the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) * has found that a massive 2.6 million people aged fifty and above are living with some form of unmet need for care in England. This is the best estimate so far produced for the numbers of people … Read the rest
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:
“Today, social care needed a big injection of guaranteed, additional funding for now and the future, but the Chancellor didn’t deliver it. The extra money that was announced for local government was not ring-fenced for social care and will need to be stretched thinly across council services, after a decade of under-funding.”
“The end result is that there is no relief in sight for … Read the rest
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:
“Our initial assessment is that while the Prime Minister’s announcement doesn’t give us everything we wanted and we are worried about the funding, it is definitely worth having and a once in a generation opportunity to improve social care that must not be allowed to slip away.”
“At last, there’s some hope for a better future and we all stand to gain, since any … Read the rest
Have you needed care since the start of the pandemic? Then we want to hear from you.
We’ve launched the Big Social Care Review to get a picture of what it has been like needing care since the end of March. Did you get the care you needed? If services were stopped – were they reinstated? If you needed help for the first time were you able to get help?
Take part in the survey here
An easy-read version can … Read the rest
Today, the Care and Support Alliance, launched its ‘Big Social Care Review’ to find out about the experiences of those needing care during the pandemic.
Take part in the survey here
An easy-read version can be found here
The survey is open to all those who need care in England and aims to get a picture of what care people have needed since March, what they have received, and what could have made things better. The last time the alliance … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:
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 … Read the rest
The Care & Support Alliance has gone through a process of reviewing and refreshing our overall policy position on social care in consultation with our 75 members.
The aim of this process was to develop a clear policy position ahead of a likely range of autumn activities relevant to funding and reform of the social care system.
To inform this a survey was held to gain insight into the top-line positions of CSA members. We then held a day-long workshop … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
For anyone aspiring to be the next Prime Minister, we and the Care and Support Alliance think today’s (29th May and 5th June) two-part BBC Panorama’s ‘Crisis in Care’ is essential viewing.
The first programme follows four families in Somerset who need care, and staff at their council who face impossible dilemmas over the allocation of inadequate resources to help them and many others, following years of austerity and rising demand.
We meet a mother of young children who is … Read the rest