Organisations call for commitment to fix care system

Social care and support must be top of the next government’s agenda, a group of charities and councils have said in an open letter.

The group, which includes Care England, United Kingdom Homecare Association, Care Provider Alliance, Associated Retirement Community Operators, Age UK, Independent Age and Local Government Association, said for two decades all political parties had failed to deliver changes to how care is funded and what individuals are expected to pay.

‘Changes to the system would ensure older and disabled people and unpaid carers have timely access to the support they need, in the way they want it, to help them live their lives,’ the letter said.

‘This general election is a chance for the incoming government to finally grasp the nettle and find a lasting solution.’

The organisations want to see social care top of the domestic policy agenda, with the next government committing to clear proposals as soon as possible.

The signatories said: ‘The next government has a unique opportunity to show its ambition for and commitment to the future of adult social care. Working together, we can make the most of that opportunity for the benefit of the entire population. This is in the national interest, it must not be wasted again.’

The general election takes place on Thursday 12 December.