This message is distributed on behalf of Age UK:
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping older people make the most of later life.
We are very concerned about the state of Social Care in this country and worried that the long promised Green Paper on Social Care is going to be ‘kicked into the long-grass’ by the Government.
Age UK have launched a Government petition in the hope of getting 100,000 signatures. We’re calling on the Government to bring forward their plans for a social care Green Paper, in early 2018, which includes meaningful consultation with older people.
A number of issues need to be addressed:
- Underfunding – in the last 5 years there has been a £160 million cut in total public spending on older people’s social care despite a rapidly increasing demand because of our ageing population
- Postcode lottery – despite the 2014 Care Act introducing a national system of eligibility, local variation is still leaving many older people without any support
- Unmet need -1.2 million people aged 65 plus don’t receive the care support they need with essential living activities
- Declining access – cuts in local authority care services have placed increasing pressure on unpaid carers
We need to make sure that Theresa May keeps her promise, made in March to ‘put the state-funded system on a more secure and sustainable footing.’
We need the Government to follow through on its commitment to a Green Paper consultation without delay.
The consultation is a great opportunity to think about what kind of a society we want for ourselves, our parents and our children, and we need to ensure that we find a sustainable solution from a meaningful consultation period.
Enough is enough when it comes to social care – the Government needs to start taking meaningful action.
Thank you for your support.
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