Care group calls for government to ‘Grasp the nettle of social care funding’

A leading social care group is calling on the government to grasp the nettle and tackle the issue of properly funding the care of older and vulnerable adults.

Commenting on last week’s report by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust, the Independent Care Group called on everyone involved in the care of older and vulnerable adults to work together urgently to solve the problems.

The Independent Care Group is currently in discussion with its local authority, North Yorkshire County Council, and the NHS over future fee levels paid for care.

Mike Padgham

Mike Padgham

The Group’s chair, Mike Padgham, said: “The sector has been warning the government for years that social care is in crisis and this latest independent report lays bare the true scale of the problem and the dire need for urgent action now to protect the vulnerable.

“Cutback after cutback is leaving social care unable to deliver care to a population where demand is rising. Providers are walking away from local authority contracts because they are not viable to deliver and, in worst case scenarios, are at severe risk of closure because they can no longer afford to operate.

“We, as a country, have to face up to the fact that we are not funding care properly. Fewer and fewer people are receiving the care they need and we are not paying the workforce who deliver that care properly.

“The government has to address the funding issue, divert funds from the NHS and, though nobody wants to pay more taxes, it might have to come to that if we want to provide the proper care that our citizens have a right to expect in the 21st century.”

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