Solve the care crisis!

Twenty three members of the Care & Support Alliance have released a joint statement welcoming the report as a ‘strong foundation on which to build reform of the social care system’. The report incorporates many of the Alliance’s core principles for reform, and the organisations, including Age UK, Mencap and Scope, have called upon the Government to act quickly and decisively to end the crisis in social care funding.

In a joint statement, they said:

“For too long the social care system has been chronically underfunded, leaving disabled and older people and their families with an outdated care system which is not fit for purpose. A lack of awareness of the costs of care and the complexity of the system have left individuals and families confused and frustrated at the difficulty in trying to get help and facing huge and unexpected bills.

It is now vital that Government sets out a clear timetable for change and does so quickly. We call on the Government to commit to a White Paper by next Easter at the latest, which goes hand in hand with a reform of social care law, to clearly set out rights and entitlements both for families and care professionals. The Alliance has long urged political consensus on social care and we warmly welcome the offer of cross party talks.  Social care is too important an issue to leave to party politics.  What we need is a long term solution that can weather political and economic change and meets everyone’s needs – from young adults with disabilities to older people”.

The report meets the Care & Support Alliance’s criteria for success in several ways:

  • Additional public funding – with an ageing population and people living longer with illness and disability, more money is needed just to maintain current levels of service. But, in addition to meeting growing demand, if we want to raise standards to a quality we would all expect, then the social care system will require substantial new money.
  • A system which recognises the needs and costs of younger disabled adults as well as older people.
  • Clarity about costs – capping the costs of care removes the risk that families will face catastrophic care costs as they get older or if they are affected by illness or disability.  This will also enable people to plan better for the costs of care.
  • Currently, where you live determines what care you get and how much it costs. Proposals to introduce a national system of assessments and eligibility would reduce administration, confusion and complexity. This proposal would also deliver ‘portability’ – helping those families or individuals who want to move to another area, but currently risk their care arrangements breaking down because of differing local provision.
  • We warmly welcome proposals to create a universal advice and information ‘offer’ for families. Whether their care needs develop suddenly or over time, we know that many people struggle to get advice and information on where to get support. Our organisations hear every day from families who struggle to navigate the care and support system to get essential help.
  • Recognition of the contribution of families who care – often at significant cost to their own jobs, health, income and well-being.
  • Recognition that universal benefits, such as Attendance Allowance for older people, need to be retained. These benefits provide flexible support for older and disabled people which can be spent on what individuals need most.

Signed:

  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Age UK
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • British Red Cross
  • Carers UK
  • Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • Counsel and Care
  • Crossroads Care
  • Guide Dogs
  • Huntington’s Disease Association
  • Learning Disability Coalition
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • Mencap
  • MND Association
  • MS Society
  • National Network of Family Carers
  • RADAR
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • RNIB
  • Scope
  • Sense
  • Stroke Association
  • United Response

The Care & Support Alliance is a consortium of over 50 organisations representing older and disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families, who work together to promote reform of social care.

7 thoughts on “Solve the care crisis!

  1. good luck i foresee a future where asylums are reopened and parents of disabled kids are encouraged to give them up to the mercies of the state..where the old and infirm are left to the vagaries of a big society where they are left to rot..i feel physically sick when i see the sanctimonious faces of multimillionaires who witter about feeling our pain and don’t understand that an extra tenner here or there to pay for day services or their equivalent will destroy even more families.

  2. I agree with Michael Howarth. Where is the joined up thinking? The financial support that comes through the benefits system enabling people with disabilities and chronic illness to cope financially (albeit with great difficulty) and with a greater degree of independence is far more cost effective than the costly care packages and also NHS costs that have to be implemented when peoples’ conditions have deteriorated further because of the multiple impacts (cold, hunger, neglect, isolation, homelessness, stress, distress, desperation) of benefit loss. The ministers involved seem to be cold, determined, unthinking, punitive and hard hearted. I suppose the demolition government wants to turn a blind eye; all they can think of is the short term cash gain, not the human cost or the long term financial impact; suicide is cheap for them!! Withdrawing cost effective support for independence in the community will also result in higher requirements for costly residential care and much reduced quality of life for those concerned.

  3. We agree its about time some thing is done about care for the youngr and older disabled people but some has to be done about the victemisation of such people by this government through Atos in who do the medical checks ? They do not take any notice of the condition the disabled people they examine ?they write their reports and say that the person is able to work ? They take away thier disability allowance and the disabled person appeals wins the case anthe gets put back on disability allowance. What a waste of tax payers money atos should have to go back to be retrained to do their jobs right ? It is realy annoying that these people get the contracts and all they do is victemise the realy bad disabled people by putting them through. Hell and we never see in the media about those that have commited suicide do we ? Why not ? We should have called this government the demolition not coalition. Micha he

  4. We agree its about time some thing is done about care for the youngr and older disabled people but some has to be done about the victemisation of such people by this government through Atos in who do the medical checks ? They do not take any notice of the condition the disabled people they examine ?they write their reports and say that the person is able to work ? They take away thier disability allowance and the disabled person appeals wins the case anthe gets put back on disability allowance. What a waste of tax payers money atos should have to go back to be retrained to do their jobs right ? It is realy annoying that these people get the contracts and all they do is victemise the realy bad disabled people by putting them through. Hell and we never see in the media about those that have commited suicide do we ? Why not ?

  5. Well said all. We know and trust that the coalition will now implement all of the proposals before the summer recess and have them back dated and index linked………….
    Look UP people….
    Is that a porcine animal looping the loop in the deep blue sky????
    The barking lion………..

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