Social care crisis highlighted in new Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust report

15 September 2016

Alice Gullandby Alice Gulland

Social care for older people, a report published today by the Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust, highlights the severity of the crisis facing the care system for those who need it right now.

We have reached a tipping point, and this is no longer a problem our government can afford to ignore. Sustainable funding of social care must be a top priority in the forthcoming autumn statement.

Alongside this, now is the time for a national conversation led by the government about how we should prioritise and resource social care in the future.

Failure to take action now will leave thousands of disabled and older people today and in the future isolated and without the vital support they need to get up, washed and dressed, or forced to make impossible choices in flying care visits.

As a first step, we support calls for the government to bring forward the Better Care Fund money earmarked for later in the Parliament so that people who need support right now are not left without help. It will then be for the May government to urgently work on a long term settlement to ensure care is fair for everyone.

Alice Gulland is policy and research manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability.


the low pay, zero hours contract system is what has taken over following out-sourcing of local authority social services and care workers. In that system care, quality and personal service is driven out. The commissioners need to take on responsibility for the quality of the services they are paying for and not just award contracts on lowest price.

The cost cutting has left vulnerable people more vulnerable.
Working within Health and social care for quite a number of years it is noticeable.

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