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”.
It's Question Time
A General Election is on the horizon.
Once Parliament comes to a close in November there will likely be opportunities to ask your local parliamentary candidates about their views on free personal care, Pension Credit and other issues affecting you or people you care about.
Independent Age has created materials which give some ideas of questions to ask, and how to make sure your voice is heard. You can download these:
Whether you are interested in attending events, hosting one of your own, or speaking to canvassers who knock on your door, it’s vital that political candidates across the country hear about how they can make the country a better place to grow older.
Together we can make sure that older people’s issues are raised up the political agenda.
Please get in touch if you would like us to send you a door hanger listing the key questions which appear in the pack or if you have any other questions contact Independent Age’s campaigns team at email@example.com.
The BBC are proposing to stop the Free TV licence for those over the age of 75 years.
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We also had the following from Age UK thanking all those that signed the petition HERE
The BBC have just announced they plan to means test the free TV licence for over 75s.This means 3.7 million pensioners will lose out on the free TV licence. Means-testing may sound fair but in reality it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford. The BBC’s decision will cause many older people enormous anxiety and distress.But it’s the Government’s job to look after older people, not the BBC’s. We will be handing in the petition you signed very soon but in the meantime, we urgently need your help to put as much pressure as possible on the Government.
Could you write to your MP and demand the Government takes back responsibility?
For better or worse the Post Office has now relocated to W H Smiths in the High Street
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If you feel moved by the drive AOPF promotes, we would very much appreciate your support.
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