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.
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No-one should be left without the care they need or forced to sell their home to get help. But at the moment this could happen to any one of us.
Our new Government has the power to fix this. Together, we can make it their priority. Please click on the "Sign the Petition" below to campaign with us to be heard, thank you.
The Care England Manifesto;
A Strategy for the Future of Long Term Care
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has today launched its Long Term Plan for the independent adult social care sector.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Social care has been ignored by successive governments. Now a long term plan for adult social care is critical. There is no need for further consultation, review of Green Papers; the moment has passed. The sector is brimming with innovation, energy and commitment which needs to be harnessed by an incoming Government into a long term plan”.
The General Election will be held on 12 December and social care is fast becoming a ‘doorstep issue’. Care England’s Long Term Plan calls for the long term sustainability of the adult social are sector to be secured through an immediate £4 billion followed by a longer term plan to ensure the future sustainability of the sector. Unlike other sectors, social care has not received the funding necessary to meet the rapidly rising levels of demand that it has, and will continue, to see. http://www.careengland.org.uk/publications-consultations
Care England calls for fair funding, proportionate regulation and due recognition maintaining that quality care cannot be delivered on a shoestring. Recent research tells us that the majority of social care providers are increasingly pressurised and envisage having to close some part of their services in the near future. The creation of a long term funding solution is also interlinked with the development of an effective and motivated social care workforce, Care England will be holding its National Conference on 13 November entitled Workforce Matters.
Martin Green continues:
“The needs of England’s diverse and pluralist society will be best met by a mixed economy where quality care can be both maintained and increased. We urge providers to use this Long Term Plan to challenge their electoral candidates on their policies for the future direction of care including a well resourced and well trained social care workforce”.
Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in June 2020. This means that all over 75 licence holders under the current scheme will be issued a free licence up to 31 May 2020.
From 1 June 2020, there will be a new scheme. Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit, will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they are a couple.
If Pension Credit is not received – either in the licence holder’s name or their partner’s name if they are a couple – the TV Licence will need to be paid for.
NPC says: ‘Don’t switch her off - do the right thing by your older constituents!’
Every UK MP is being sent a personal plea to save the free TV licence for the country’s millions of over 75’s before the concession is axed on May 31.
Britain’s largest campaigning organisation for older people, the National Pensioners Convention, has emailed personal letters to MP’s of all parties asking that they support the campaign to retain the benefit for our 5.4 million oldest citizens.
The NPC says while the Government has announced a consultation on whether non-payment of the TV licence fee should be decriminalised, over 75’s who can’t afford the £154.40 cost (£157.40 from April) still face having to switch off in June.
NPC General Secretary Jan Shortt said: “We have written to all MP’s to ask that they do the right thing by their oldest and most vulnerable constituents.
“Millions of over 75’s, who are already struggling on the basic state pension, will suffer if the free TV licence is scrapped – they’ll have to choose whether to opt for a cooked meal, a warm home or have the company of their TV.
“It’s not a choice any of our MP’s will ever likely have to face. So we ask them to think of the oldest and most vulnerable in their constituencies - many of them voters who have put their trust in their Parliamentary representatives at the recent election – and back the campaign to stop the free TV licence for over 75’s being axed.
The NPC asks that MP’s press the Government to take back the funding of the free licence from the BBC as a matter of urgency.”
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The Andover & District Older People's Forum’s purpose is to actively engage in issues affecting the well-being, interests and concerns of the over 55 age group in the Andover & District area; helping with as much information and as many connections as we can provide.
If you feel moved by the drive AOPF promotes, we would very much appreciate your support.
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