2020 Big Social Care Review

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

CSA launches its ‘Big Social Care Review’

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

Our message to the next Government: #FixSocialCare

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

CSA’s response to the Government’s Spending Review 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 … Read the rest

Care & Support Alliance – Social Care Policy Position

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

Want the Government to know what your care means to you? CSA is collecting your stories to share with the new Government.

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 … Read the rest

Panorama lays down the care challenge for our next Prime Minister

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

CSA’s response to NHS Long Term Plan

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 … Read the rest

CSA response to CQC State of Care report 2018

In response to the CQC State of Care report, released today, Caroline Abrahams, co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and Charity Director at Age UK said:

“It’s really unfair that the care you receive depends so much on where you happen to live and that so many older and disabled people are being forced to go without all the support they need to live safely and decently.”

“The crisis in social care is truly a national problem that requires … Read the rest

Unwell, unsafe, and unfed – 4,000 people needing care reveal a shocking picture of neglect in our care system

A survey by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) (*), of nearly 4,000 people who need care or look after someone who does reveals the damning reality of a care system that is visibly failing and unfit for purpose. Those relying on care revealed their experiences of poor care – in the worst cases amounting to neglect – at the hands of a care system that is meant to provide a safety net for them but which often lacks the … Read the rest