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Care in Crisis

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We're in the midst of a care crisis.

The Government needs to sit up and pay attention.

Social care is in crisis, and 1.4 million older people struggle each day without the help and support they need to live well.

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 – can be almost impossible for many older people without help. We need to ensure they can access the care that will help them stay safe, enjoy life and prevent even more strain on a system that is on the edge of collapse.

'Fix the crisis in social care once and for all’

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in his first speech as Prime Minister has promised to fix the crisis in social care. We believe that social care should be a priority for the Government and will campaign 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.

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Last updated: Sep 12 2019

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