A coalition of charities and councils has called on the next government to solve the social care crisis.
In a letter to The Telegraph, the leading organisations call for the government to finally “grasp the nettle”, adding “social care must be at the top of domestic policy agenda”.
The letter says: “For two decades, political parties of all colours have failed to deliver changes to how care is funded and what individuals are expected to pay. Changes to the system would ensure older and disabled people and unpaid carers have timely access to the support they need, in the way they want it, to help them live their lives.
“This General Election is a chance for the incoming government to finally grasp the nettle and find a lasting solution. The next government has a unique opportunity to show its ambition for and commitment to the future of adult social care.
“As organisations dedicated to bringing about the changes needed for social care, we want to see a new government put funding reform into action to deliver sustainable investment which supports people’s wellbeing. Working together, we can make the most of that opportunity for the benefit of the entire population. This is in the national interest, it must not be wasted again.”
The letter’s signatories include: : Local Government Association, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Association of Directors of Public Health, Association for Real Change, Associated Retirement Community Operators, Care England, Care Provider Alliance and Carers UK, Independent Age, NHS Confederation, Shared Lives Plus, Solace, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.