Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice

Due to years of austerity cuts to Local Authorities, these authorities are having to spread more thinly, each year the amount of money they have all over the many areas of their responsibilities and Social Care is one of those areas.

But each year with an aging population and more persons with disabilities living longer, the people needing Social Care is increasing while the money available to help care for these needs is reducing.

In addition there is an increasing need for employed carers to provide the care the people with these needs require. But there is a shortage of people wishing to come into care and why is this?

The rate of pay within the care industry is abysmal for most employed carers receive a wage based on the *National Living Wage, currently £7.83, which will increase to £8.21 on the first of April 2019.

While the Living Wage is £9.00.

Being an employed carer is more than, cleansing, washing, dressing and meal preparation, as they are, in many instances, one of the few people that the people with care need see.

Also there could be instances where the employed carer needs to deal with financial responsibilities, provide emotional support, manage prescriptions and administer medication, monitor Safeguarding and many more areas of responsibility and paying just the National Living Wage is not sufficient to cover all these responsibilities.

It is therefore, that the Living Wage would be more near a level to pay, but Local Authorities do not have the finance to pay this, currently and therefore this current Government needs to take this on board and increase the funding to Local Authorities.

With this in mind, FLASh (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield) have created an EPetition, Pay All Employed Carers the Living Wage.

Please see the following


Source: Social Care in Crisis | Carer Voice

What does the NHS need to survive for another 70 years? | Richard Horton, Clare Gerada, and others | Opinion | The Guardian

As the health service marks its 70th anniversary, experts offer their prescriptions for keeping it going


Source: What does the NHS need to survive for another 70 years? | Richard Horton, Clare Gerada, and others | Opinion | The Guardian

Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News

A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a

Source: Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News

Sense Supports Cross-Party Social Care Review | DisabledGo News and Blog

National disability charity backs calls for urgent cross-party review to address sustainability of social care sector National disability charity, Sense, has welcomed calls from three Commons committee heads for an urgent cross-party review to find a sustainable solution to the current social care funding gap ahead of the next spending round. The social care sector is currently running at a substantial deficit, which is estimated to hit £2.6 billion per year by 2020. Sense, who supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, has been calling on the Government to deliver urgent funding to plug the sector’s unsustainable gap and help protect the future of the vital social care services. Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said: “The stark warnings on the fragility of the social care sector are finally hitting home and we welcome the call for a cross-party review tasked with finding a sustainable solution to this growing crisis ahead of the next spending round.

Source: Sense Supports Cross-Party Social Care Review | DisabledGo News and Blog

Queen’s Speech fails to mention social care funding

Original post from Care Home

‘……………By: Sue Learner

Social care funding was ‘strikingly absent’ from the Queen’s Speech which set out the Government’s intention to secure the future of the National Health Service by increasing the health budget, integrating healthcare and social care and ensuring thNatioe NHS works on a seven day basis.

Queen Elizabeth IIThere were also measures to improve access to general practitioners and to mental healthcare, with plans to introduce waiting time standards for mental health services, talking therapies and specialist care for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

George McNamara, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Society, expressed disappointment in the Government’s failure to mention how social care will be funded saying: “Integration of health and social care is vital to providing personalised care fit for an ageing population with increasingly complex needs.

“Yet strikingly absent from the speech is any reference to social care funding. If the Government continues to treat social care as the poor cousin to the NHS, genuine integration can only remain an aspiration. It must be acknowledged that you cannot secure the future of the NHS without investment in social care.

“By the end of the next parliament nearly one million people will be living with dementia. Bold action is necessary to deliver a health and care system designed around people, not rigid, silo-based institutions.”

Government silent on issues older people care about

Independent Age also criticised the Government for ‘being silent on the issues older people most care about.

Janet Morrison, its chief executive, said: “Some of the measures in today’s Queen’s Speech could herald a new approach to how we deliver local services for older people, so for example in the City Devolution Bill. But to truly deliver on its promise of security and dignity in retirement, older people need the Government to act much more boldly over the next five years.

“To meet the aspirations of an ageing population, the Housing Bill needs to prioritise new house building for people in later life. Homes built specifically for older people have decreased from 30,000 per year in the 1980s to 8,000 per year today. The Government also needs to be much clearer about what action it will take to arrest the decline in the council help and local care services older people need to remain independent at home. These challenges must not be ducked, but the Government risks being silent on some of the issues older people care about most.”

Barriers facing disabled people seeking employment

Mencap would have liked to have seen the Government doing more to help people with disabilities into work.

Ismail Kaji, a spokesperson at Mencap, who has a learning disability, said: “I have job, but I am one of only seven per cent of people with a learning disability to be in paid work. I want to see the Government meeting their commitment to halve the employment gap for disabled people. Getting more people with a learning disability into paid employment is important — having a job makes you feel valued, respected and part of a team. Unfortunately, there is many barriers faced by people with a learning disability when trying to get into employment, such as employers who don’t understand what a learning disability is, or see the disability and do not recognise what the person can do with the right support.”

“I did not choose to have a learning disability. I have no choice about paying the extra costs that come with getting the vital support that I need. So I am very worried about the likely £12 billion of cuts to benefits, as I know are many other people with a learning disability. Whether I am working or not, my disability will always be there.”

As well as the issue of social care funding being left up in the air, cuts on council budgets are set to continue which will undoubtedly impact on local public services, particularly relied on by people with disabilities and mental health problems and older people. ……..’