In advance of the publication of the Government's White Paper on social care next week, Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots said:
“Reform of social care is long overdue for the 6.4 million unpaid carers in the UK, particularly the million people caring for over 50 hours a week for ill frail or disabled loved ones. The care provided by these unpaid carers far outweighs that provided by social care services and it is time we invested properly in supporting them.
Families need several key things from this White Paper: funding solutions to tackle the current crisis in social care and to meet rising demand in the long-term; structural reform of an outdated, confusing and unfair care system; and an urgent timetable for deliver. None of these things alone will deliver the reform needed.
The social care system has been chronically starved of the funding it needs for years. Action must be taken for the short and long-term to address the current crisis in care funding - setting the social care system on a sustainable course for the long-term.
Older and disabled people and carers also need a social care system which gives them certainty and clarity about the care they are entitled to, wherever they live; protection from catastrophic care costs; advice and information when they need it and guarantees of quality care.
Delay is not an option. Families are feeling the impact of the crisis in social care now - in crippling care bills, poor quality care or simply being left without support, pushed to breaking point caring for ill or disabled loved ones.
To recognise the urgency of this challenge and the desperation and fear caused by each day of delay, families will demand an urgent timetable to implement the reform needed.”