Politicians and pressure groups are ramping up their pre-budget pleading, with the care home sector struggling to be heard among other colossal lobbying organisations.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, is warning Government that if the current funding crisis causes care homes to close, it will have a knock-on effect on the NHS.
“Social care funding is in crisis,” he repeats.
“At a time when the Government is cutting funding to local authorities, the costs of delivering care are increasing and the number of people who need support is rising.
“It is totally irresponsible of the government to raise citizens’ expectations about quality and personalisation and, at the same time, refuse to deliver the money needed to provide care.
“When the care system fails, the NHS will collapse and short-sighted Government policy and poor leadership in the Department of Health, will be to blame,” he predicts.
Care England has passionately made the case for better funding, but is now being joined by an increasing number of respected voices. “Over recent months there has been a gradual turning up of the volume on social care. The Chancellor would be well advised to listen to this as it is not going to fade,” he says.