Leaders of organisations that represent adult social care nationally have written to the prime minister, chancellor of the exchequer and health secretary to urge the government to act now on reform of England’s social care system and publish its proposals before the Summer Recess.
The organisations said, in common with all people who draw on care and support, and colleagues working across social care, they are clear that the time to deliver reform is now.
The letter said that reform must be underpinned by a positive vision: ‘We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us’, as Social Care Future put it.
The organisations are calling on the government to transform social care so that it is sustainable and helps enable people with care and support needs to be fully included in their communities matters in its own right.
The group said social care needs to be seen as a key part of the solution and a key part of the infrastructure as we look to recover from the pandemic.
The organisations said this vision cannot be achieved by social care or even wider public services alone.
Public resources need to be targeted to support and supplement the efforts and activities of citizens, community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses, building on the best of what has been seen in local communities over the last fifteen months.
The Department of Health and Social Care has been contacted for comment.
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