Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:
“We welcome the inclusion of the social care consultation in the Queen’s Speech. It must finally be a priority for the Government and the consultation must not be an excuse to kick the issue into the long grass.
“The fact is we’ve had 20 years of consultations and commissions but there has been a political failure to act to secure sustainable funding for care. The case for reform has never been so strong. The Government needs to act quickly to find a solution that ensures people get the care they need. Currently at least one million people do not get this care. The current system is woefully inadequate, the help that our most vulnerable older people and disabled adults and their families rely on simply isn’t there.
“The election showed that people are deeply worried about social care. Reforms need to deliver enough money, look at both the social care for older people and disabled working age adults and address the unfairness people face when trying to get the basic care they need.
Note to editors
The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.
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