CARERS STRATEGY 2019 ? All The Build Up To The Non Event Of This Decade ? A White Flag Raised Even Before It's Announced

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Interesting.

Half the carer army ( A mere 3.8 / 3.9 million ) would struggle to find any monies for additional support ... eat / heat / roof
... after those three essentials ... The Unholy Trinity ... many will be in debt IF they managed to balance all three.

Therein lies another conundrum for any future policy involving the carer army.

All boils down to the number one priority ... FINANCES.

Put more monies into carers' pockets / purses , the more choice they have in how to spend it !

For half ... more food on the table / more heat during winter / less rent arrears and / or other essential debts ... a choice.

For the other half ... buy in more support ... even take a break from caring ?

Tinkering with the level of CA on it's own would have NO APPRECIABLE EFFECT on the " Lower " half.

Time for CUK to reflect on their " Fairer for Carers " policy :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/social-a ... rers-34307

The cold , hard , facts and reality are spelt out in plain English in that thread.
If the forthcoming Carers Strategy was a horse race , how about this outsider at 33-1 ?

Carers Allowance raised to £ 189.15 per week.

( Weekly earnings limit + Carers Allowance. )

For all those in work to encourage them to quit , and take on more caring duties.

Hang on a mo ! ... I can hear you saying !!!

From the Government's perspective , monies currently paid over to the LAs ... containing a large percentage for social care
... would fall ... assuming they cannot find other services to replace the pressure on current levels of income ... thus relieving pressure on the LAs ... and ... the real clincher ... carers will be paid an additional £ 3.51 per hour ( £ 123 divided by 35 ) as
opposed to the current cost based on the minimum wage at least ... which is more than double that £ 3.51.

( Say 1 million carers did this ... 1 Million x £ 4 less per hour = ... over a year ... saving of £ 7.2 odd BILLION ! ... based
on a 35 hour week period.)


( Assuming replacement care ... at a cost ... is provided by the LAs. )

As posted elsewhere , staff shortages are projected nationwide in the social care sector ... one thread even suggested that
family / kinship carers would need to fill the gap .... whether we liked it or not ... as if we are ever consulted on anything ???

In turn , projected rises in Council Tax would ease back ... in theory ... thus keeping the general public a little more contented.

A little marshalling would also be needed within UC to ensure no adverse effect on any other benefits.

Plenty of pros and cons with this one but ... it does have it's merits ?

( A two tiered CA for one ! If so , every incentitive for our supporting organisations to lobby for just one rate ... the higher
of the two ? )


Even if , in reality , carers will be getting a very raw deal !

Needless to add , it will take a seismic shift in current thinking to even explore this further ... especially for our two
supporting organisations to get their heads around this one ???
Just in case any reader is interested ( ??? ) , a link to the Government's " Carers Action Plan , 2018 - 2020 " for ALL to see :

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... y-read.pdf

The short form version ... 13 pages in .pdf format ... which means I cannot post it in full !

( CUK web site ... search ... CARERS ACTION PLAN 2018-2020 ... NO RESULTS ! )

( Carers Trust web site ... search ... CARERS ACTION PLAN 2018-2020 ... NO RESULTS ! )


Summary ?

That word ACTION ... in this context ... is a complete misnomer ... almost to a CRIMINAL extent ... the word DISCEPTION
springs to mind.

In essence , NO changes to anything ... finances / support services ... NOTHING BUT HOT AIR.

You have been warned ... REPEATEDLY !
I was feeling grumpy all ready, thanks to SSD and their lack of understanding, and then I read this. STILL no understanding that CARING IS WORK! Loads of waffle, waffle, waffle.
I'm loathe to suggest that both supporting organisations saw it as we do.

Hence , no results when searching for it on their web sites ... unless it appeared in something else and said search didn't pick the
" Secondary " element up ?

If so , it really would do down in our history as a first !!!

( Carers Letter 2009 ? No , they had to be dragged kicking and screaming ... different world back then ! )
Strange ... how I missed this one before now ?

A blog ... from Melanie Henwood ( LSE ) on that Carers Plan 2018 - 2020 :


While the Carers Action Plan is welcome, it is not good enough in itself.



Two years after the government consulted on the next steps for a Carers Strategy, the Department of Health and Social Care has published its ‘Carers Action Plan’. Melanie Henwood explains that, although this provides some assurance to carers that they are on the government’s agenda, the action plan must be followed through with demonstrable objectives in the forthcoming green paper.

On June 5, Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State for Social Care published a cross-government ‘Carers Action Plan 2018-2020’ and stated it was “an essential step towards realising the Government’s commitment to value, recognise and support carers.

” Almost 20 years ago, in 1999, the first National Carers Strategy was published and focused on improving the quality of life for ‘informal’ (mainly family) carers through improved information, support, and care. The idea of a strategy was widely welcomed and seen as a step beyond the warm words and platitudes which politicians often relied on when acknowledging the vital role of carers to supporting people in the community. In 2006 a ‘New Deal for Carers’ was promised, and the updated strategy was published in 2008.

By 2018, the vision of this document was that carers would be universally recognised and valued as fundamental to strong families and communities, and specifically:

Support will be tailored to meet individuals’ needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, whilst enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen.

Few would claim that this vision has been achieved in full. In 2010, the next steps for the carers strategy identified four priority areas for action over the following four years:

identification and recognition of carers;

realising and releasing potential;

a life outside caring;

and supporting carers to stay healthy.

Thereafter, things went rather quiet.

The priorities were ones that commanded general support and consensus, but the idea that they were being driven by a clear strategy was less in evidence. Fast forward to 2016 and a ‘call for evidence consultation’ was made by the Department of Health to better understand the needs of carers and what might best be done to support them to “enjoy a happy and healthy life alongside caring.”

The consultation ended in June 2016 and it was anticipated that an updated version of a national carers strategy would soon follow. It didn’t, despite considerable discussions behind the scenes, rapid research being commissioned to inform developments, and more than 6,800 responses to the consultation. The unexpected General Election in spring 2017 brought further delays with the official purdah and social care suddenly becoming a political hot potato.

A Green Paper on funding adult social care (or more particularly funding older people’s social care) is due ‘before the summer’, and in his first speech on social care in March 2018, Jeremy Hunt announced that a principle for reform would be that carers would be central to the new social care strategy, and ahead of the Green Paper, “we will publish an action plan to support them.” So that document has now been published, and whether it has been worth the two-year wait needs to be questioned. It is a mixed verdict on the evidence to-date.

The Ministerial Foreword provides the assurance that :

the Government recognises that there is still more to do. That is why the needs of carers will also be central to the forthcoming social care green paper. Carers are vital partners in the health and social care system and a sustainable settlement for social care will simply not be possible without focusing on how our society supports carers.

Such a statement is welcome and important, and we must reserve judgement at this stage to see what the green paper will do to deliver this vital support. Meanwhile, the action plan as it stands identifies five priorities emerging from the response to the call for evidence:

Services and systems that work for carers;

Employment and financial wellbeing;

Supporting young carers;

Recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society;

Building research and evidence to improve outcomes for carers.

The plan goes on to list 64 actions being undertaken across government departments that address the priorities, as it says – giving visibility to the work that is being done or is planned within government. As such, it reads more as a summary list than as an ‘action plan’. There are few surprises here and many of the actions are expressed at a high level of generality and are descriptive.

The carers sector has largely welcomed the publication, particularly the announcement that consideration is to be given to exploring dedicated employment rights for carers, alongside existing employment rights, to ensure that any proposals for carers leave are effective and robust. The announcement of a Carers Innovation Fund to develop and promote “creative and cost-effective models that look beyond statutory services to develop carer friendly communities” has also been welcomed.

However, the issue of additional resources to fund support for carers is conspicuously absent, and has been greeted with disappointment by the sector. Similarly, some groups of carers have been given greater attention than others, and in some areas – notably with young carers – this might be seen as disproportionate to their numbers. Certainly the needs of older carers, especially of spouse and partner carers who are often providing mutual support in an increasingly fragile arrangement, remain relatively overlooked and poorly understood by comparison.

The fact that the plan is a cross-departmental document with multiple ministerial signatories is positive and recognition that a commitment to carers has to go beyond health and social care. The Minister for Care is to be responsible for reviewing progress on the commitments in the action plan twice a year, and this too is to be welcomed in giving some ongoing momentum to a strategy that appeared to have stalled.

Successive governments have identified and signed up to the need to recognise, value and support carers. Some of the iterations of the strategies and commitments have been more dynamic and challenging than others, and there are risks that familiar words and concepts fail to offer anything tangible unless accompanied by genuinely ambitious and meaningful aspirations and targets.

The action plan was published just in advance of National Carers Week (11-17 June); it will provide some assurance that carers have not slipped off the ministerial radar, but it will have considerably stoked expectations for more fundamental commitment and demonstrable objectives to be integral to the forthcoming green paper. Without that follow through the action plan will be insufficient, and as Peggy Lee memorably reflected, carers will be left wondering: is that all there is?



Not bad ... for an academic viewing our problem third hand ?

Slightly warm air to add to the torrent of hot air on this thread ???
Worth posting the momentus news from New Zealand link in this thread :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... rity-37746

Perhaps a benchmark too far ?

Who knows ?

If you don't ask , you don't get ?

" PARITY WITH NEW ZEALAND ! "

What will our supporting organisations now say to that ???
Looking through some old papers, a letter from Norman Lamb who was Minster of State for care and Support, Department of Health dated 2013.

He mentions, Recognised Valued and Supported, next steps for the Carers Strategy.

That the Care bill will place a duty on local authorities to meet carers eligible needs for support.

The White Paper Caring for our future, Reforming Care and Support, the Care bill in draft form.

The government has allocated an extra £7.2 billion over the four years to 2014/2015 towards Social Care.

Now 2019 I haven't seen any change, no help and support, council are cutting support not giving more support.
The archives on here and CarerWatch are full of names and reports over the years.

2019 ... and the present state of caring is ... TOXIC ... some areas now RADIOACTIVE ZONES.

Names ... reports ... don't we just love them all ?
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