The support system so many rely on was struggling before the coronavirus crisis. Now it is truly broken
‘In addition to the survey, Scope has written to prime minister Boris Johnson, calling for him to prioritise the needs of disabled people, 59 per cent of whom are worried about being forgotten by the government.’
The other 41% realise that they have never been remembered by this government and never will be.
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Experts by Experience need to be used and listened to more effectively and hopefully more concentration on actual care delivery, rather than record keeping.
New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all applications, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour.
In some of these cases, the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system, and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible, but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). 
This is the reality of 2020 and in many respects we have gone back to 1494, but it is not too late and make 2020 the year of change where there is full and real equality and not just a word that is spoken, but not meant.
This is not a sudden reversal to 1494 for it started some many years ago, well before 2010, but the last 10 years have been the worst.
Welfare benefits need to be reshaped to help those in need and not used as a punishment.
Social Care needs immediate funding to at least bring it back to 2010, which then was not sufficient.
It should not be seen as a crime to be disabled, to be poor, to be sick, etc for anyone of us, could be there tomorrow, if not today.
Boris needs to take this on board, Now, for to not do so, will create even more deaths than have been occurring and making a crisis in Social Care an even bigger crisis in health.
Health care has, over the last 10 years been continued to be funded, perhaps not to the degree as it should have been, but the drastic underfunding, or no funding for Social Care is causing more problems for health.
Whether we want it or not Social and Health care are very inter-related.
I now refer you to
Pease could I mention that the forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address the crucial issue of funding for Social Care, but will it.
Boris has promised, but will he keep his promise and even if money is made available will it be sufficient.
Boris has now mentioned it will take 5 years to get the funding, Social Care can not wait that long.
Boris needs to be told this is not good enough, so it is essential we keep the pressure on Boris and my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care could be the means.
Please see below
We now have the New Year 2020.
However, if the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ is not Solved soon there will not be many more New Years for the care, required for persons in need of care, to be provided by Local Authorities due to their lack of funding.
This will then have a much greater impact on health care provision, which is itself in crisis.
I have therefore created my latest petition, please follow the link
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