Care groups demand overhaul of support system
Groups working to support elderly and disabled people have come together to urge the prime minister to overhaul social care.
In a letter to David Cameron the signatories – including the Local Government Association, and housing associations Anchor, Home Group and Housing 21 – argue the current system is ‘under funded and in urgent need of reform’.
‘The right care and support can enable older and disabled people to live independent and fulfilled lives – but we currently face a vicious circle where limited resources are focused on only those with the very highest of needs,’ the letter states.
‘This only worsens the crisis in care as many older or disabled people are left without support - in quiet desperation, trying to cope alone, often ending up in hospital or crisis care.’
The groups call on the prime minister to convene a care summit ahead of the publication of a white paper on social care, to bring together the different types of organisation working across the sector.