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Care and Support Alliance welcomes cross-party talks

16 January 2012

Carers UK is part of alliance of major charities calling for joint action on care crisis

Over 50 charities representing older and disabled people and their families have warmly welcomed the start of cross-party talks on the future of social care.  In January, the Care & Support Alliance joined employers, unions, faith and community groups to write an open letter to the Prime Minister, pointing to the costs to society, the economy and family life of failing to act on the crisis in care. 

In a joint statement, welcoming the talks which will start this week, the Alliance said: "The unavoidable challenge we face as a country is how to support the increasing number of people who need care. Social care has been put into the 'too difficult' tray by successive Governments and these cross-party talks mean that we are closer than ever to reaching a new consensus on the future of the care and support system. 

The Care & Support Alliance urges each of the party leaders to seize this opportunity for urgent, fundamental and lasting reform: delivering a social care system which can provide the well-funded and high-quality care and support we would all expect for ourselves and our families."


The Care & Support Alliance was set up 2 years ago to campaign for the reform of social care. It is chaired by MS Society and convened by Carers UK. For further details please see 


Action for Advocacy, Action on Hearing Loss, Afiya Trust, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Anchor, British Red Cross, Carers UK, Centre for Policy on Ageing, CLIC Sargent, Contact a Family, Crossroads, Disability Alliance, English Community Care Association, Every Disabled Child Matters, Grandparents Plus, Guide Dogs, Home Group, Huntington’s Disease Association, Independent Age, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Learning Disability Coalition, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Mencap, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, National Autistic Society, National Care Forum, National Centre for Independent Living, National Council for Palliative Care, National Family Carers Network, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, National Voices, Parkinson’s UK, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Radar, Rethink, Relatives and Residents Association, RNIB, Scope, Sense, Shaping Our Lives, Shared Lives Plus, The Stroke Association, Sue Ryder Care, United Response, Vitalise, VoiceAbility, WRVS.


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