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  • Care England joins call for ‘1948 moment’ for adult social care

    Care England

    Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has co-signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a 1948 moment for adult social care to establish a long-term and sustainable future that will be to the benefit of all citizens and the economy.

    The letter, signed by over 26 co-signatories, emphasises that social care has been on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic with a tragic number of deaths in care homes, over 30,000, and staff, nearly 900.

    The signatories assert that the adult social care workforce has demonstrated tremendous commitment and resilience during this time; however, ‘the sector is on its knees, and is in desperate need of reform in order that it can craft a long-term future, that will protect citizens, reduce the burdens on the NHS and establish good careers in social care’.

    Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Many citizens have been so heartened to hear the Prime Minister’s commitment to reform and it is very important that it features in the Queen’s Speech. The sector stands ready and willing to support the delivery of this much needed reform agenda.

    “As we come out of the pandemic, if we can develop a clear funding strategy for social care, we can also develop a range of careers that will provide high quality care and support local economic development.”

    The full text of the letter and co-signatories can be found below:

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    Dear Prime Minister,

    Social care has been on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic and we have seen over 30,000 deaths of care homes residents and nearly 900 staff.

    The adult social care workforce has demonstrated tremendous commitment and resilience during this time; however, the sector is on its knees, and is in desperate need of reform in order that we can craft a long-term future, that will protect citizens, reduce the burdens on the NHS and establish good careers in social care.

    Successive governments have promised social care reform but have not delivered and now the situation is desperate. Social care needs its 1948 moment to establish a long-term and sustainable future, that will be to the benefit of all citizens and the economy.

    Social care is little understood but much needed and is usually accessed at a time of crisis without the information and support to make informed choices. We support the recent calls by the Health and Social Care Select Committee for an extra £7 billion per annum and for a workforce strategy. These measures will help us to secure a long-term future for care, create new careers and build back stronger after the pandemic. Investing in our social care system both in terms of money and personnel is now essential.

    The current system leaves many families struggling to survive when one of the family members needs social care. Each year thousands of people face losing their home and all their family assets, and many older people who have a family member needing care, face the prospect of financial hardship in later life.

    According to Age UK, 1.6 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need and this could grow to 2.1 million people by 2030. Similarly, there is also unmet demand for people with learning disabilities; ADASS reports that in the last four years there has been a 10% increase in the numbers of younger people who require social care.

    Over many years the Government has failed to heed the Low Pay Commission’s call for a national living wage, and because of the way in which some services are commissioned, it leaves thousands of people in our committed, skilled and dedicated workforce, facing the prospect of delivering essential services at below the minimum wage. As we come out of the pandemic, if we can develop a clear funding strategy for social care, we can also develop a range of careers that will provide high-quality care and support local economic development.

    Many citizens have been so heartened to hear your commitment to reform, we hope to see it in the Queen’s Speech and we stand ready to support you.

    Yours faithfully,

    Caroline Abrahams
    Charity Director at Age UK

    Lord Victor Adebowale
    Chair, NHS Confederation

    Deborah Alsina MBE
    Chief Executive, Independent Age

    Baroness Brinton
    House of Lords

    Baroness Campbell of Surbiton DBE
    House of Lords

    Sir Ed Davey MP
    Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell
    Chair, Dorson Group

    Karolina Gerlich
    CEO, The Care Workers’ Charity

    Professor Martin Green OBE
    Chief Executive, Care England

    Baroness Greengross OBE
    President & CEO, International Longevity Centre

    Lord Howarth of Newport CBE PC
    House of Lords

    Baroness Jolly
    House of Lords

    Barbara Keeley MP
    House of Commons

    Rt Reverend James Newcombe
    Bishop of Carlisle
    Lead Lord Spiritual for Health and Social Care

    Lord Rennard MBE
    House of Lords

    Lord Scriven
    House of Lords

    Baroness Thomas of Winchester MBE
    House of Lords

    Dr Jane Townson
    Chief Executive Officer, UKHCA

    Baroness Tyler of Enfield
    House of Lords

    Helen Walker
    Chief Executive, Carers UK

    Baroness Walmsley
    House of Lords

    Lord Warner
    House of Lords

    Baroness Watkins of Tavistock
    House of Lords

    Dr Philippa Whitford MP
    House of Commons

    Helen Wildbore
    Director, Relatives and Residents Association

    Baroness Young of Old Scone
    House of Lords

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    Stuart O'Brien

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