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Letter to Guardian

17 May 2010
Carers UK and 22 charities that form the Care and Support Alliance have had a letter published today in the Guardian newspaper calling for social care to be made a priority by the new government.

Dear Editor

During the election campaign, all of the main party leaders identified the need to reform our care and support system. It is therefore disappointing to see that social care is not mentioned in the coalition agreement, and we call on the government to set out reform of the system as an urgent priority.

This is a social and economic imperative. We need a properly funded, national system to end the postcode lottery in social care and stop people having to sell their homes to pay care bills, or lose their dignity or independence because services cannot meet their basic needs. In addition, our economy cannot withstand the thousands of people forced to give up work to care for loved ones because our care system cannot.

There is a real danger that, in a tough economic climate, social care will be sidelined. This must not happen.

Imelda Redmond Carers UK, Ruth Sutherland Alzheimer's Society, Gillian Crosby Centre for Policy on Ageing, Stephen Burke Counsel and Care, Martin Green English Community Care Association, Sam Smethers Grandparents Plus, Bill Crowder The Huntington's Disease Association, Simon Bottery Independent Age, Anthea Cox Learning Disability Coalition, Esther Foreman Mencap, Farah Nazeer Motor Neurone Disease Association, Laura Weir MS Society, Des Kelly National Care Forum, Bernd Sass National Centre for Independent Living, Jeremy Taylor National Voices, Val Buxton Parkinson's UK, Mark Shrimpton RADAR, Jane Harris Rethink, Peter Beresford Shaping our Lives, Paul Woodward Sue Ryder Care, Sarah Harper Vitalise, Lynne Berry WRVS

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