It is grossly irresponsible for the government to assist widespread speculation in relation to the fate of adult social care reform, says National Care Provider Alliance.
The promises and commitments on reform were made to the millions who receive care and support, unpaid carers and those who work in the sector.
Social care should be at the top of every Member of Parliament’s priorities – it sits at the heart of communities up and down the country – and it changes peoples’ lives.
The Care Provider Alliance has called on the government to make clear today that there will be no delay to the planned timetable for reform, and that rather than kick the reform can further down the road, they grasp the urgency this fiscal event and escalate it to the top of the table.
Investing in people is the responsibility of any government that has fairness at its heart. This government must ensure people can live the lives that they want, contribute to their communities and add value to the economy. There can be no delay – social care reform cannot wait.
MPs’ post bags and the media have rightfully been full of stories that outline the very real trauma associated with delays to social care reform. Each and every person struggling to access the care they need for rehabilitation, day support, care at home, palliative care, residential care or supported living can tell you that properly funded reform is the only way forward.
CPA Chair, Nadra Ahmed says:
“The plans as they stand are not sufficient to create the kind of step change that people are calling for, however, doing nothing and this delay will only accelerate the pain, further exacerbating the structural instability across the sector. The delay impact on us all, including the NHS who will also bear the brunt of our unfunded social care system.”
This position is reflected in recent reports from the CPA and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
CPA report on The State of Social Care and Support Provision highlights the key issues facing the entire social care sector including, workforce recruitment and retention challenges with one in ten posts vacant, inadequate funding with the gap being in excess of £7bn, and the rising costs of living adding to the structural instability.
The ADASS Autumn Survey indicates that more than 9 in 10 (94%) adult social services directors in England do not believe they have the ‘funding’ or ‘workforce’ to meet care costs of older and disabled people in their area.