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Green Paper on Social Care in danger of being ‘kicked into the long-grass’ by Government.

18th December 2017

Age UK is concerned about the state of Social Care in the country and are worried that the long promised Green Paper on Social Care is going to be ‘kicked into the long-grass’ by the Government.

They  have launched a Government petition in the hope of getting 100,000 signatures.

They are calling on the Government to bring forward their plans for a social care Green Paper, in early 2018, which includes meaningful consultation with older people.

They highlight a number of issues 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 -1.2 million people aged 65 plus don’t receive the care support they need with essential living activities
  • Declining access – cuts in local authority care services have placed increasing pressure on unpaid carers

Age UK want  to make sure that Theresa May keeps her promise, made in March to ‘put the state-funded system on a more secure and sustainable footing.’

They are asking the Government to follow through on its commitment to a Green Paper consultation without delay.

 

To sign their petition, see here

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