Care in Crisis
Right now the care system is broken.
It's ignoring 1.4 million older people who have to struggle each day without the help and support they need to live well. This leaves families feeling totally alone in caring for their loved ones, and forces people to pay enourmous and often unfair bills that sometimes mean they have to sell their homes.
This has to change. The care system needs immediate funding and long-term reform.
Everyone should be able to access the high quality care they deserve. It's not too much to ask for support that means older people can complete day to day tasks that many of us take for granted – like getting dressed, using the toilet, making a meal, or getting to the shops.
We're calling for a new national system that's free and available to everyone when they need it.
What we want
We want to see a care system that:
- increases support for unpaid carers
- is easily accessible through GPs, nurses and local councils
- has an independent, nationally agreed eligibility and assessment process that enables those in need to access it
- is funded through general taxation
- provides support for working age, sick and disabled adults as well as older people.
'Fix the crisis in social care once and for all’
In his first speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promised to fix the crisis in social care. We believe that social care should be a priority for the Government and are campaigning to secure a social care plan that truly improves the failing system.
Tell us your social care story
Have you been affected by the crumbling social care system in the UK? Help us put pressure on the Government to improve the system by sharing your story.
The current state of care
A number of issues need to be addressed:
- Underfunding – in the last 5 years there has been a £160 million cut in total public spending on older people’s social care despite a rapidly increasing demand because of our ageing population
- Postcode lottery – despite the 2014 Care Act introducing a national system of eligibility, local variation is still leaving many older people without any support
- Unmet need – 1.4 million people aged 65 plus don't receive the care and support they need with essential living activities
- Declining access – cuts in local authority care services have placed increasing pressure on unpaid carers
'Why call it care when nobody cares?'
We asked 127 older people and their families, around the country, about the social care system, its successes, failures and how it could be improved. Our video shares some of their stories. Read our campaign report to find out more.