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Open Letter

Government ignoring social care would be a ‘betrayal’ of British people, warn charities and 24,000 people

Open letter organised by the Care and Support Alliance

Dear Party Leader,

Show Us You Care. We’re writing to you to say for social care it’s time for actions, not just words.

Good care supports people to live their lives. To get up and out, work, see the people they love, be independent as long as possible. Yet currently, at least 2.6m people go without the care they need. Social care provision has slipped far below an acceptable level and is having very real consequences for millions of older and disabled people and their unpaid carers.

Promise that you will make change happen in the next Parliament, come up with sustainable funding and support the social care workforce. Millions of older and working aged disabled people and their carers desperately need a social care system that works, and a failure to act would be a betrayal.

The Care and Support Alliance of over 50 charities, and everyone who has joined this letter, agree that to make social care work for people, we need a government that:

  • Addresses the shortfall in current social care spending and puts in place a long-term funding commitment to meet current and future Piecemeal pots of funding will not deliver the change, services or stability the sector and care users need.
  • Addresses the core issues facing the workforce, including pay, conditions, career development and skills recognition, as part of a new, fully funded social care workforce strategy.
  • Enables local authorities to tackle social care assessment and carer’s assessment waiting lists through enhanced dedicated funding.
  • Develops a new National Carers Strategy including investing in carers’ breaks, introducing paid carer’s leave, and urgently reviewing Carer’s Allowance and other social security benefits carers can claim.
  • Removes social care charging entirely for working-aged disabled adults so they don’t have to part-fund their care from state benefits designed to pay for daily living costs, like food and heating.

If you are in the privileged position of leading the next government you could transform the lives of millions of older and disabled people and their carers. You could ensure our care workforce is recognised and valued.

It’s time for actions, not words: please Show Us You Care – commit to reform social care once and for all.

  1. Kari Gerstheimer, CEO, Access Social Care
  2. Leo Sowerby, Chief Executive, Affinity Trust
  3. Caroline Abrahams CBE, Charity Director, Age UK
  4. Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive, Ambitious about Autism
  5. Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Versus Arthritis
  6. Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive, Association of Mental Health Providers
  7. Clive Parry, England Director, ARC England
  8. Andrew Langford, Chief Executive, British Association for Music Therapy
  9. Adam Micklethwaite, Director, Autism Alliance UK
  10. Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England
  11. Karolina Gerlich, Chief Executive Officer, The Care Worker’s Charity
  12. Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Carers Trust
  13. Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK
  14. John Cowman, Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  15. Libby Herbert, CEO, Colostomy UK
  16. Sally Tsoukaris, General Secretary, Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance
  17. Frances Lawrence, CEO, Dementia Carers Count
  18. Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive, Dementia UK
  19. Anna Galliford, Chief Executive, FitzRoy
  20. Steve Veevers, Chief Executive Officer, HFT
  21. Toby Porter, Chief Executive, Hospice UK
  22. Jane Townson, CEO, Homecare Association
  23. Mark Henderson, CEO, Home Group
  24. Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire
  25. Jacqueline Cannon, CEO, The Lewy Body Society
  26. Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, Marie Curie
  27. Jackie O’Sullivan, Acting CEO, Mencap
  28. Tanya Curry, CEO, Motor Neurone Disease Association
  29. Nick Moberly, CEO, MS Society
  30. Catherine Woodhead, Chief Executive Officer, Muscular Dystrophy UK
  31. Karen Walker, CEO, Multiple System Atrophy Trust
  32. Neel Radia, Chairman, National Association of Care Catering
  33. Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive, National Autistic Society
  34. Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO, National Care Forum
  35. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
  36. Jacob Lant, CEO, National Voices
  37. Georgina Carr, Chief Executive, The Neurological Alliance
  38. Sarah Miller, Chief Executive, Papworth Trust
  39. Caroline Rassell, Chief Executive, Parkinson’s UK
  40. Rachel Power, Chief Executive, Patients Association
  41. Rebecca Packwood, Chief Executive, PSP Association
  42. Helen Wildbore, Director, Care Rights UK
  43. Mark Atkinson, Director General, Royal British Legion
  44. Matt Stringer, Chief Executive Officer, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  45. Richard Kramer, CEO, Sense
  46. Peter Beresford, Co-Chair, Shaping Our Lives
  47. Kate Steele, CEO, Shine
  48. Nik Hartley OBE, Chief Executive, Spinal Injuries Association
  49. Jonathan Senker, CEO, VoiceAbility
  50. Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum
  51. Rhidian Hughes, CEO, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG)
  52. Neil Riley, Chairman of Trustees, The ME Association
  53. Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, Women’s Budget Group
  54. Donna Covey CBE, Interim CEO, The Advocacy Project