The National Care Forum (NCF) has hailed the “incredible” response to its ‘9 words for care’ care reform campaign.
The campaign was launched after The Queen’s Speech this month afforded social care reform just nine words.
An NCF spokesperson said: “The response to the #9wordsforcare call out was incredible. In 48-hours, we received over 400 submissions and hundreds more who engaged and commented on the ambition for social care. The responses were angry, inspiring, emotional, sardonic, symbolic and most of all they showed that people cared.”
Responses included: ‘We do not want proposals, we need action,” ‘Social care needs total reform not sticking plaster solutions, ‘Ambitious reform backed by appropriate investment is needed now,’ ‘Sustainable and equal access to care and support services’ and ‘9 words said a lot, neglecting #care must stop.’
The campaign is highlighting the problems faced in accessing care by people such as Emma Castleton whose 17-year-old son has severe to profound learning disabilities, Emma said: “My son will never live or work independently, and he’s got two more years left in school. And what comes after that is very unclear. There is no pathways, the budgets for support are not enough, and it’s very confusing. We’re trying to work through what I understand is huge amounts of paperwork, which all has to be completed for when he turns 18 to find the right environment for him to be. The uncertainty and difficulty in navigating the system is heart breaking”.
Vic Rayner, Chief Executive of the National Care Forum, (pictured) said: “The underlying message is clearly that 9 words was definitely not enough, and seriously undermines the much repeated commitment that this government will ‘fix social care’. If all the government is going to allocate to social care is 9 words – there are literally hundreds and hundreds of alternative 9 words which have made much more impact and given people a sense of hope, purpose and ambition for the future. Social care affects people and in the words of the people responding to our call ‘lack of action has impact on people and lives’.”