Thank you to everyone who has supported our Care in Crisis campaign to reform the social care system. Whether you signed our petition in 2012, met with your MP to discuss the Care Bill, or responded to a Government consultation on the Care Act, you have made a huge difference so that older people can get the care they need.
The Care Act
Age UK supported the Care Bill but recognised that there was room to improve it further for older people. In this respect, the Care in Crisis campaign has had some big successes:
- Personal dignity now sits at the heart of the social care system.
- The process for being assessed for care has been improved.
- And we made lots of progress on safeguarding, including closing the loophole in human rights law.
All of this would not have happened without the thousands of people who took action with the campaign. Together we have:
- sent thousands of messages to 80 key members of the House of Lords
- sent over 5,500 postcards and emails to MPs
- had over 1,200 meetings with MPs
- secured 17,500 signatures for our human rights petition.
It goes without saying that this made a massive difference. Thank you.
Paying for care
The Government recently consulted on the new lifetime cap on care costs, which will come into force in April 2016. We held consultation events with older people across England to gather their views on the proposals, and more than 650 people responded to the consultation directly through our online action.Thank you to all of you who took part.
The Department of Health is due to give its response to the consultation in May, but in the meantime we are continuing to call for quality health and care as part of our General Election campaign. Find out more.
So what’s next?
We want to make sure that the UK is a great place to grow older, which needs to include access to high quality health and care.
As we head towards the General Election in May, we’re asking Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to become Age Champions so that, once elected, our politicians act on the issues that affect older people, today and tomorrow.
Ask your candidates to become Age Champions.