Joint open letter on adult social care

A joint open letter from the LGA, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Association of Directors of Public Health, Association for Real Change, Associated Retirement Community Operators, Care England, Care Provider Alliance, Carers UK, Independent Age, NHS Confederation, Shared Lives Plus, Solace, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.


Dear Sir,

With just three weeks left before the General Election, it is absolutely crucial that adult social care and support is at the top of the next government’s agenda.

Everyone deserves the right to live the life they want to lead, whether that is maintaining social and family relationships, pursuing activities, studying, working, or living in a place that feels like home. Social care provides vital support that helps make this happen. It also helps sustain our NHS and supports our country’s economy. 

For two decades, political parties of all colours have failed to deliver changes to how care is funded and what individuals are expected to pay. Changes to the system would ensure older and disabled people and unpaid carers have timely access to the support they need, in the way they want it, to help them live their lives. This General Election is a chance for the incoming government to finally grasp the nettle and find a lasting solution.

As organisations dedicated to bringing about the changes needed for social care, we want to see a new government put funding reform into action to deliver sustainable investment which supports people’s wellbeing. Social care must be at the top of the domestic policy agenda, and the newly elected government must commit to clear proposals on what this should look like as soon as possible. If this happens, our offer in return is that we will use our combined influence to support the much-needed national debate to help raise awareness of the issues, including a positive rationale for change and the costs and benefits of reform.

The next government has a unique opportunity to show its ambition for and commitment to the future of adult social care. Working together, we can make the most of that opportunity for the benefit of the entire population. This is in the national interest, it must not be wasted again.

Yours,

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society

Nicola Close, Chief Executive, Association of Directors of Public Health

Lisa Lenton, England Director, Association for Real Change

Michael Voges, Executive Director, Associated Retirement Community Operators

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England

Lisa Lenton, Chair, Care Provider Alliance

Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive, Independent Age

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation

Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus

Graeme McDonald, Managing Director, Solace

Dr Jane Townson, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Dr Rhidian Hughes, Chief Executive, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

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7 Comments

  1. Richard Tutt

    So very true! An urgent injection of funds needs to be considered for social care. Within Medway Kent we are seeing an vast increase in half an hour calls being delivered to our clients. This is to assist to shower, dress provide breakfast give medication change bedding when needed and for the care worker to keep accurate legal record of the visit detailing tasks achieved. An impossible task for the care team to complete in an un- rushed and dignified way!
    Providers are finding it hard to recruit staff with the impact being bed blocking in our local hospital
    which is already in crisis. The government need to deal with this issues urgently. Social care is in crisis.

  2. Richard Tutt

    So very true! An urgent injection of funds needs to be considered for social care. Within Medway Kent we are seeing an vast increase in half an hour calls being delivered to our clients. This is to assist to shower, dress provide breakfast give medication change bedding when needed and for the care worker to keep accurate legal record of the visit detailing tasks achieved. An impossible task for the care team to complete in an un- rushed and dignified way!
    Providers are finding it hard to recruit staff with the impact being bed blocking in our local hospital
    which is already in crisis. The government need to deal with this issues urgently. Social care is in crisis.

  3. What I hope they come to realise is that community care often relieves the immense pressures of the NHS, yet the NHS is mentioned constantly as needing this and needing that, unarguable however; what about the community care that saves the NHS time and money on a daily basis yet has never been taken seriously as an in-need service.
    Let’s hope that the new government can provide the change that is required to enable us all working in community care to be able to deliver the service that we do without the representative struggle as individual’s advocates, the financial battles or any other barriers that are often there to be hurdled!
    We as a company are always willing to make adaptions to support individuals living at home in the way that they choose, all other cogs within the same wheel should be just as equipped to making adaptions, or at least recognising that the care providers on the ground need to be supported to do so. The majority of our client base have been tax payers all of their lives; some have even gone to war for us. Surely support at home should be a given if it is needed considering the input the majority of people make towards the circle that is society throughout their working lives.
    It will be a joyful day when ALL collaborations support each other straightforwardly; the system should be a very long and straight road, lined with a multitude of colourful doors. Individual needs are just that, individual; everyone should be entitled to a choice of options to support their needs in the environment that they choose.

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