United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is calling on the government to grasp three crucial objectives to reform the social care system.
In a statement following yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the organisation said “nothing of substance” has been proposed to reform the social care system and that commentary suggests that the government is limiting its focus to protecting inheritances from costs of institutional care.
“If true, this misses the point,” UKHCA said. “We all want to live well at home and flourish in our communities.”
As a key part of the “levelling up” agenda, UKHCA is urging the government to address unmet need for support and care at home, particularly in more deprived areas, which Age UK estimates to affect over 1.5 million people.
“We call on government to grasp three crucial objectives,” said CEO Dr Jane Townson (pictured).
“One, put people receiving services at the heart of the debate, empowering them to direct their own support and care, ensuring effective collaboration across Integrated Care Systems and investing in innovation and technology.
“Two, invest in our care workforce, so the work is rewarded fairly and helps to fuel employment and economic growth.
“And three, clarify the responsibility of State and citizen in meeting care costs, helping us all to plan for the future.”