Response to open letter raising concerns about social care funding

9 December 2015

In response to concerns raised by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Care Provider Alliance, Care and Support Alliance and the NHS Confederation about social care funding in a letter to the chancellor George Osborne, health secretary Jeremy Hunt and communities secretary Greg Clark, Leonard Cheshire Disability's campaigns director Andy Cole said:

‘Everybody knows that the care system is struggling. Many disabled and older people are having to make impossible daily choices between going to the toilet or having a cup of tea in a series of “flying” homecare visits that deny them their independence and dignity.

‘Extra freedoms and responsibilities on councils to raise money to pay for care for disabled and older people will only pay for half of what is needed, and even then it will be a reverse postcode lottery. Anyone old or disabled in a poorer area where the council can’t afford to pay for care will lose out.

‘Inadequate funding for social care is a false economy because it places huge pressure on the NHS and takes people out of work to care for family members. With the introduction of the National Living Wage, providers’ budgets will be squeezed even further. The government needs to do more to make care fair, and to do it sooner.’

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