Social care is at breaking point – we need bold decision-making from the government to ensure its long-term survival

Sense, has responded to a joint report on social care from the Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees.

The report by the cross-party Committees describes the social care system as “under very great and unsustainable strain”, highlighting the urgent need to plug a funding gap estimated at up to £2.5 billion in the next financial year, before introducing wider funding reforms at both a local and national level to raise extra revenue with a long-term aspiration of providing social care free at the point of delivery.

The report proposes a new Social Care Premium to fund “personal care for all”.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO at national disability charity Sense, said:

“Social care is at breaking point and there has never been a more urgent need for action to deliver its long-term survival.

We know that the public is in favour of greater investment in social care and this bold, innovative proposal from the select committee is one of a number of different ideas that the government should be considering to avert a social care crisis.

We need a sustainably funded and high quality social care system that meets the needs of all who use it; irrespective of age or level of need.
We are pleased that the report recognises that high quality social care is accessible, personalised, delivered by a well-trained workforce and provides support to unpaid carers.”