Care England, the largest represented body for independents providers of adult social care, has called for renewed support for the sector as COVID-19 cases rise once more.
Submitting evidence to HM Treasury’s latest Comprehensive Spending Review, CEO Professor Martin Green OBE said support was “vital” to safeguard the sector from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Green said: “During these unprecedented times, it is of paramount importance to keep on alerting the Government of the plethora of issues affecting the adult social care sector. Care England’s submission seeks to highlight the immediate COVID-19 related issues, but also, those longer-term structural issues which afflict the sustainability of the sector.
“In light of the sector’s contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic, Government must support and be responsive to the needs of the sector. For too long, Governments of all stripes have merely pushed social care reform into the long grass.”
The Care England boss cited a number of issues facing care providers, including declining occupancy levels, inadequate local authority fee rates, testing problems, staff wellbeing and resilience, data infrastructure and funding of the sector.
The submission also made the case for longer term reform for the sector and the need for a more sustainable system to be put in place.
Green added: “Care England hopes that the Government heeds the calls of the sector. This is fundamental not only for those who receive support or care, but also for the future development of England’s economy and society.”