Social care crisis highlighted in new Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust report
15 September 2016
by 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.