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 announced that the lifetime cap on care costs, which was due to come into force next April, has been delayed until 2020. While we still back the introduction of a cap on care costs in the long run, we support delaying its implementation so that it offers a fairer deal for older people when it's introduced.
The priority right now must be to make sure the care system does not fall into complete collapse. We are calling on the Government to use the Comprehensive Spending Review in the autumn to direct the funding that would have been used on the cap into making sure more people can get the care they need.
Read our blog post to find out more.