A national campaign that urges the Prime Minister to honour his pledge to fix social care is gaining public support, with more than four in five people calling for systemic reform.
An opinion poll carried out by YouGov on 1,880 adults in the UK last month found that 83% respondents want Boris Johnson to keep his promise to “fix social care, once and for all”.
The results come four weeks after more than 50 charities, who campaign together as the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), wrote to the PM, urging him to take divisive action.
The charities are now calling on the public to galvanise support for care reform across Parliament by writing to their MP and spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #KeepYourPromiseBoris.
Caroline Abrahams, co-Chair of the CSA and charity director of Age UK, said: “It’s extremely encouraging that more than 4 in 5 of the public want the Prime Minister to fulfil his pledge to “fix social care, once and for all”. As charities who work with older and disabled people, and their unpaid carers, we know what a fantastic difference this would make to their lives.”
It has now been 10 years since the publication of the Dilnot Commission’s report, which was ordered by the coalition government, led by David Cameron, in 2010.
Andrew Dilnot and his team were tasked with recommending changes to the funding of care and support in England. They published their recommendations on 4 July 2011, but today social care remains chronically underfunded, with most local councils struggling to meet the care needs of their communities.
The CSA says a decade, which could have been spent bringing in a fair and effective system of care in the country, has now been wasted.
Abrahams continued: “This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Dilnot Commission’s report and it’s galling to think what a wasted decade this has been for social care here, when so many other countries have put their social care provision on a firm financial basis and brought it up to date. In many respects social care has got worse here over these ten years and the huge rise in staff vacancies is a big part of the reason why, since it is impossible to deliver consistently decent, reliable care if there aren’t enough care workers to do the job.”
“Now we are starting to emerge from the pandemic, which has taken such a toll in social care, it’s time for the Prime Minister to stand by his word and for politicians in all parties to demonstrate leadership on an issue which should be above politics. That’s why we are calling on the public to contact their MPs, to ask them to ensure there’s real action on social care this year, not just the warm words and excuses we’re all fed up of hearing.”