Four in five want PM to fulfil pledge to ‘fix social care’, survey finds

Caroline Abrahams II

Four in five people want Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fulfil his pledge to “fix social care, once and for all”, a new survey has found.

The findings, which come in a YouGov opinion poll commissioned by 76 charities who campaign together as the Care and Support Alliance, were published on the 10th anniversary of the Dilnot Commission report.

The Dilnot report was commissioned by the David Cameron-led Coalition government to deal with the “catastrophic cost” of adult social care.

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Caroline Abrahams, co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and Charity Director of Age UK, (pictured) said:  “It’s extremely encouraging that more than 4 in 5 of the public want the Prime Minister to fulfil his pledge to ‘fix social care, once and for all’. As charities who work with older and disabled people, and their unpaid carers, we know what a fantastic difference this would make to their lives.

“This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Dilnot Commission’s report and it’s galling to think what a wasted decade this has been for social care here, when so many other countries have put their social care provision on a firm financial basis and brought it up to date. In many respects social care has got worse here over these ten years and the huge rise in staff vacancies is a big part of the reason why, since it is impossible to deliver consistently decent, reliable care if there aren’t enough care workers to do the job.

“Now we are starting to emerge from the pandemic, which has taken such a toll in social care, it’s time for the Prime Minister to stand by his word and for politicians in all parties to demonstrate leadership on an issue which should be above politics. That’s why we are calling on the public to contact their MPs, to ask them to ensure there’s real action on social care this year, not just the warm words and excuses we’re all fed up of hearing.

“The Government has made it clear it sees funding reform, along the lines Sir Andrew Dilnot has recommended, as the centrepiece of its plans. However, funding reform on its own will not be enough for the Prime Minister’s promise to be fulfilled. We also need an injection of funding into councils’ budgets, so they are better placed to meet the care needs of their local communities, and action to strengthen and professionalise the social care workforce. Our care workers have performed valiantly throughout the pandemic and now they deserve their reward.”

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