#KeepYourPromise
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700 days ago, on his first day, the Prime Minister promised to ‘fix social care once and for all!’ But we are still waiting. Edith, David, Rasila, and millions like them who need decent care are relying on the Prime Minister to keep his promise.

Ask your MP to push their party leader to play their part so we can all get the care we need,

Dear MP,

It’s time to fix social care

I am writing to ask you to do everything you can as my MP to ensure social care is reformed and gets the money to make it happen, this year. The Prime Minister pledged to fix social care in 2019 and now we are looking ahead to life beyond the pandemic it is time for him to deliver on his promise.  

Social care was struggling before COVID-19 arrived but these last fifteen months have made things worse. I’m devastated by the tens of thousands of older and disabled people who have died before their time from the virus in care homes, along with hundreds of brave care staff. If social care had been properly staffed and funded some of those lives could have been saved. Sadly, no-one can bring those people back but the Government must act to ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.  

The Government has made clear it sees reforming how we pay for care as central to its plans, especially the need to protect people from sky high care bills. I agree this is a problem but I do not believe funding reform alone will allow the Prime Minister’s promise to be fulfilled. I want the Government to do at least two other things too, starting now: invest more money into social care, and give care workers the career structure, and pay and conditions they deserve for the crucial work they do.  

I agree with the Care and Support Alliance of charities that with reforms like these we’d have the strong and effective care system our country needs, millions of older and disabled people would be better able to live decently and independently, and millions of unpaid carers would be supported. Plus, there would be less pressure on the NHS to fill the gap when social care falls short. 

Social care has been a political football for far too long. It’s time for MPs on all sides to do right by older and disabled people, and their unpaid carers. So please will you contact your Party Leader and urge them to play their part in getting a bold and effective plan for reforming and refinancing social care underway this year, along the lines I suggest?

Yours sincerely,

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The Promise

“We will fix the crisis in social care once and for all.”

Boris Johnson24 July 2019

“Care for the carers as they care for us.”

Boris Johnson, Conservative Party Conference6 October, 2020

“The pandemic has highlighted the difficulties that the social care sector is in - it clearly needs reform and it needs improvement.”

Boris Johnson, to the House of Commons Liaison Committee13 January, 2021

“We will fix the crisis in social care once and for all.”

Boris Johnson24 July 2019

“Care for the carers as they care for us.”

Boris Johnson, Conservative Party Conference6 October, 2020

“The pandemic has highlighted the difficulties that the social care sector is in - it clearly needs reform and it needs improvement.”

Boris Johnson, to the House of Commons Liaison Committee13 January, 2021

Letter from CEOs

Dear Prime Minister,

Fulfilling your promise "to fix social care"
 
As leaders of charities and not for profit organisations that support older people and disabled people, and their unpaid carers, and people with long term health conditions, we were delighted when you stated in Downing Street, on becoming Prime Minister, that you would “fix social care”. It was inspiring and it gave us enormous hope.
 
In May this year, we were equally pleased, and also relieved, to hear your commitment to bringing forward proposals on social care later this year restated in the Queen's Speech. We and the millions with whom we work really do now need you to follow through.
 
We are therefore writing to urge you to take decisive action to fulfil your promise during the remaining months of this year.
 
Every day we see both the enormous benefits of good social care when it is available and delivered well, and the awful struggles and misery of those who either can't get care at all, or for whom it is inadequate in terms of quality or quantity. We also see the toll on unpaid carers of supporting someone they love without enough back-up from understaffed and underfunded services. Too often we are asking these great people to do too much unaided.
 
During the pandemic tens of thousands died before their time in care homes from COVID-19. The best possible legacy we can give all those who have lost loved ones would be to ensure that we fix the care system so that a similar tragedy cannot happen again.
 
We have seen suggestions in the media that you are considering making funding reform, probably in the form of a ‘cap’ on catastrophic costs, the centrepiece of your care reforms. Our view is that this would not be enough on its own to meet the promise you have made. To stay true to your word, you also need to do at least two additional things: first, invest significantly more money into councils’ social care budgets so everyone who needs care benefits; and secondly, ensure care staff get a fair rate of pay and the professional respect they deserve for the important work they do.
 
If you take action of this kind, you will lay the foundations for the strong and effective care system our country badly needs. Any of us could find ourselves, or a loved one, needing care at some point in our lives, so reforming and investing in services now would benefit us all.
 
For the sake of the millions of our fellow citizens who we collectively support we urge you to keep your word and stand by the promise you have made.
 
Yours sincerely,

 

Yours sincerely,

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About us

The Care & Support Alliance was set up in July 2009. We represent over 75 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning for a properly funded care system alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.