Almost half of care providers fear for their survival, COVID-19 survey finds


Almost half of care providers fear for their future survival, according to an Independent Care Group (ICG) survey.

Just over 45% of respondents to the poll said the COVID-19 crisis would put their businesses at risk. Additionally, two-thirds said they had problems with PPE supply and more than half reported challenged with testing.

ICG chair, Mike Padgham, (pictured) said: “This survey reveals social care providers struggling on the front line against Covid-19.

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“They are struggling to get adequate PPE, struggling to get the right testing and not getting the right financial support to help them get through this critical period of the pandemic.”

Almost 70% of those who responded said they felt the financial support that commissioners have offered had not been satisfactory and the ICG said more needed to be done by the government to offer support.

“The bulk of social care commissioning is done by local authorities who are struggling too,” Mike said.

“The government has provided extra support to local authorities but that has to help them to cope with all aspects of coronavirus, not just social care. The government has to ensure that they are better funded so that they can, in turn, support care providers better.

“The survey also strengthens calls on the government to ensure that PPE is more widely available, that testing gets carried out and that financial support for the sector gets to the front line.”

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  1. As I have said for many months, even before COVID 19 that Social Care is in crisis and COVID 19 is making it even more so, therefore my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care needs supporting.

    Please see below
    You may be wondering why I am promoting this petition as we are in the Coronavirus, COVID 19 crisis and certainly now that Social Care is appearing to have some signs of recognition.

    It is because of this recognition and I do appreciate the Government is concentrating on COVID 19, and my thoughts are with Boris Johnson and his family and other families in similar positions and it is good to see he has, apparently, recovered, but Social Care has been forgotten for many years and certainly with regards to funding.

    I have been involved with Social Care, be it with regards to family or on a wider basis for over some 40 years and funding was always an issue and the last 10 years has made the situation much worse.

    So, the recognition is an impetus on which to build upon and to ensure the recognition continues when COVID 19 has been overcome.

    Also see the post on my blog, Carer Voice, where Matt Hancock has refused to pay Carers the Real Living Wage

    I also thank the Government for bringing back their recruitment campaign ‘Every Day is Different’, but it would be even better if they had improved the salary and other conditions as stated in the petition.

    So here is how I am currently promoting the petition.

    I apologise in advance for the length of this promotion, but, it is a subject on which there is a lot to say.

    As I am very concerned about Social Care could I also introduce you to my latest Petition, ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’.

    We all have reasons for reaching out and some of mine are mentioned below

    • With the Government, Social Care is the forgotten service and Yes, the Government as plenty to deal with currently, but more should have been done for Social Care well before the COVID 19 situation.

    • This section of care has been devoid of enough money for far too long and austerity measures only compounded this.

    • The starting salary for all care workers should be, at least the Real Living Wage and not, as currently the National Living Wage or for some under 25 years The Minimum Wage.

    • The rate of pay is abysmal when compared to the responsibilities they undertake.

    It is not just the rate of pay, but many others including

    • Conditions of Service

    • Travel Expenses

    • Sick Pay schemes

    My own family and many other families rely on Social Care to help us look after our relatives who have major needs relating to care.

    We all have, over the years, done what we can to help manage these needs of our relatives, but there comes a time when the needs exceed what we ourselves can realistically deliver, hence our, now, reliance on Social Care and without it our relatives needs will not be met.

    Lack of funding for Social Care is a major problem and this leads to

    1. not only insufficient funding for all forms of Social Care

    2. a lack of people wishing to come into the profession due to the abysmal rate of pay

    3. partly causing a lack of quality of care being delivered in some areas and other problems

    4. causing stress and exhaustion for family members providing care to their relatives, due to the lack of Social Care If the crisis in Social Care is not met, this will then increase the crisis in health.

    Please could you see if you could show your support by signing this petition and then sharing it wherever you can. .

    For more information I refer you to my web page

    It goes without saying that I am greatly disappointed with the latest Budget, not even the miserly £1 or £1.5 billion promised by Boris, but unfortunately this is how it is for Social Care and those in need of Social Care.

    It is what we have come to accept, but not without question and challenge and the Coronavirus Pandemic is making Social Care even more important.

    However, the Government as shown their contempt for Social Care by suspending the Care Act 2014 some weeks ago, rather than providing increased funding to Local Authorities so they can, not only maintain current Social Care levels, which are really well below than required, but increase the level of Social Care to what is really required.

    You will never know when you maybe in need of Social Care, so please support Social Care, before it is too late

    Thank you


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