Health for Care is a coalition of 15 organisations representing the entire breadth of the NHS joining forces to make the case for a sustainable, long-term settlement for social care.
Finding a long-term, sustainable solution to how we pay for and provide care and support to people in England is among the greatest challenges our country faces. The impact on the public has been profound, with record numbers of people now left to struggle each day without the care and support they need. We believe it is the time to put this right.
3 recommendations critical to achieving a new, long-term settlement
Our Health for Care coalition has developed a set of principles upon which we believe a sustainable social care system should be based. We hope they will be a useful contribution to the debate ahead of the publication of the adult social care Green Paper. Alongside the principles, we have three recommendations that we believe are critical to achieving a long-term settlement for social care:
- Eligibility should be based on need and must be widened to make sure that those with unmet or under-met need have access to appropriate care and support. Around 2.1 million people in the UK were estimated to have received some level of informal care in 2014, but the number of family and friends providing unpaid care in England increased from 4.9 million in 2001 to 5.4 million in 2011. Moreover, Age UK have identified that at least 1.4million people have unmet or under met need.
- Any new settlement should provide secure, long-term, funding at a level to enable the social care system to operate effectively and deliver the outcomes that people want and need. The settlement needs to address immediate needs from April 2020, as well as putting the social care sector on to a sustainable path for the longer term. That will require the right funding, workforce and a diverse and stable market of providers. This will need to be supported by good quality, trusted information and advice to help people navigate the care system effectively. The Spending Review presents an essential opportunity to invest in social care at the same scale as the Government is now investing in the NHS.
- A recent report commissioned by the NHS Confederation, and undertaken by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation, calculated that social care funding would need to increase by 3.9% a year to meet the needs of an ageing population and an increasing number of younger adults living with disabilities. We recognise that any significant additional funds must be accompanied by reform and improved service delivery. Social care services and the NHS are working together to transform and integrate local care services, but they can only go so far when services are being placed under so much strain.
9 key principles for a new social care settlement
Letter to the new Prime Minister and public petition
In what is believed to be the largest petition of its kind, the Prime Minister is urged to end the swingeing cuts in social care that have left around 1.4 million older people in England unable to access the care and support they need. Find out more.
Crisis in Care: what do MPs think?
We commissioned independent polling company ComRes to survey a representative sample of MPs between the end of March and the middle of May 2019. A summary of the key findings is as follows:
- Three quarters of MPs (76%) agree there is a crisis in social care, with over a third (35%) strongly agreeing that this is the case. This includes more than half (58%) of Conservative MPs.
- Six in ten MPs (60%) believe their constituents are suffering because of cuts in social care. However, there is a significant difference across political parties, with a third of Conservative MPs (32%) saying this compared to 94 per cent of Labour MPs.
- Two thirds of MPs (65%) say their social care casework has increased during their time in office, with nearly half (46%) saying it has increased significantly.
- Two thirds of MPs (67%) agree that funding social care effectively is a priority for the government, but this drops to 42 per cent for Labour MPs.
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