#SocialCareCantWait but #DoesRishiReallyCare

The Prime Minister promised to ‘fix care once and for all’ but the Government’s new plans are not complete unless one man steps in - the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. 

Without decent funding for councils in the next Spending Review on the 27th October, there will not be enough money for older and disabled people to get quality care, leaving millions without the help they need.

Sign our petition to help everyone who can't wait any longer,

Sharon, a carer for Jane, says: ‘For Jane, 2023 will be too late.’

The new Government care plans do nothing to help them. 

Millions of older, and disabled people, and their carers are desperate for a better care system, but are being ignored by the Government. Despite recent moves to raise taxes, any real changes or funding for care won’t happen until at least 2023. It’s simply not good enough. 

They need help now. 

One man can stop the delay and fund care now– the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. 

In the upcoming Spending Review on 27th October, he must provide councils with funding to ensure older people get quality care, carers get the support they need, and care workers get the pay they deserve.

If he doesn’t then Jane and millions like them will be left without the help they need. 

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Dear Chancellor,

The Spending Review and Social Care

We are delighted you are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Prime Minister in a joint mission to ‘fix social care’, as you demonstrated at the recent Downing Street press conference.

We are writing to you to ask you to fulfil your obligation now by giving local authorities a funding settlement at the Spending Review that enables them to stabilise, strengthen and ultimately improve social care in our country. Chancellor, to be candid, care simply can’t wait any longer.

The great bulk of the money announced by the Government in the last few weeks benefits the NHS, not social care, and hardly any comes on stream until 2023, but older and disabled people need care now. They and their families and carers are being asked to put up with underfunded and inadequate services that do not enable them to live good lives and that, unless you act, will go on getting worse in the face of growing demand.

We support the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s view:

“We believe the starting point must be an increase in annual funding of £3.9bn by 2023–24 to meet demographic changes and planned increases in the National Living Wage. However, such an increase alone will not address shortfalls in the quality of care currently provided, reverse the decline in access or stop the market retreating to providing only for self-payers. Further funding to address these issues is therefore also required as a matter of urgency.” [1]

It is in your power to deliver these extra resources through the Spending Review and we are in no doubt that your decision will make or break social care over the next three years. The Prime Minister’s promise to fix social care will simply not be met without this cash injection. It will also make or break the reforms which the Government has brought forward. Without substantial extra investment now over the next Spending Review period the Government’s reform agenda will fail.

We have read reports suggesting that the Government’s response to the short and medium term funding pressures in social care may be to permit local authorities to increase the level of the precept they raise, in order to bring more local funding into social care in their areas. However, this would be bound to increase local variation and inequality (undermining ‘levelling up’), with those living in Red Wall areas likely to lose out.

We believe that only substantially more money from central Government to local authorities can provide the financial certainty needed to ‘fix social care’ and we look to you as Chancellor to deliver it at the Spending Review. It’s all down to you now.

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 cannot now shirk the challenge of putting the NHS back on its feet, which requires fixing the problem of social care, and investing the money needed.”

Boris Johnson7th September 2021

“Properly funded, we can tackle not just the NHS backlog and expand the social care safety net, we can afford the nurses pay rise…And provide one of the largest investments ever to upskill social care workers.”

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer7th September 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

“…we cannot now shirk the challenge of putting the NHS back on its feet, which requires fixing the problem of social care, and investing the money needed.”

Boris Johnson7th September 2021

“Properly funded, we can tackle not just the NHS backlog and expand the social care safety net, we can afford the nurses pay rise…And provide one of the largest investments ever to upskill social care workers.”

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer7th September 2021

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.