Time to act on social care

Adult social care has been pushed to the bottom of the agenda for too long and the consequences are clearer than ever before. 

In July 2019, after he became Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “We will fix the crisis in social care once and for all, and with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.”

“We need a root and branch review of the system to ensure that it is fair and accessible for all”

However, there was only a passing reference to adult social care in the Queen’s Speech, and crucial discussions at the heart of government have been delayed once again.

We need a root and branch review of the system to ensure that it is fair and accessible for all. 

In a recent survey of councils, nearly half reported a rise in community referrals of more than 10 per cent over the past six months. And this increased pressure is being felt not only within local authorities, but also by families and communities. 

These problems have been compounded by the pandemic, and the same survey found that 67 per cent of local authorities with social care responsibilities said they were seeing more people seeking help because of breakdowns in carer arrangements.

Things need to change and we cannot wait any longer. A new adult social care system must be values-led, person-centred and fit for the demands now placed on it. 

The Conservatives have had 11 years to tackle this issue – now is the time to act.

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