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GENERAL ELECTION: What does the Conservatives’ victory mean for social care?

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Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party secured a huge majority as the British public headed to the polls yesterday.

With a turnout of 67.3%, a number of former Labour safe seats saw Conservative gains.

One of the early votes last night saw Blyth Valley become a Conservative seat for the first time in its near 70 year history. It had been held by Labour since its formation in 1950.

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Commenting on the outcome, one Labour candidate said it was the “worst result Labour could have imagined.”

Now, aside from the pressing Brexit deal, the British public will turn to Boris Johnson’s election manifesto to see what the next five years will have in store.

The manifesto was widely criticised for a lack of detail on social care with the party fearing the kind of ‘dementia tax’ moment that almost derailed Theresa May’s election campaign in 2017.

What the manifesto did include was the pledge of an extra £1bn to adult social care in the UK, as well as a commitment to seeking a cross-party consensus on long term reform.

The plans added that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.”

Speaking at manifesto’s launch, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Since this government has been in power we’ve allocated about £1.5bn towards addressing the social care issue both for adult and child social care and helping local councils with the huge pressures that they face.

“We are going to put another billion every year in the life of the Parliament into fixing that but what we’re also going to do, is do what I think people in this country would expect us to do, which is to build on what I think is a growing national consensus about the way forward.

“And we will reach out cross party – we will be optimistic and the way we do that, and try to bring people together – and we will have a long term plan that achieves two things.

“First of all, it ensures that everybody has dignity and security in their old age, and secondly that nobody, nobody has to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care.”

The Tories also pledged to make finding a cure for dementia one of their major priorities.

This would include doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments.

The Conservatives also said they will provide £74m over three years for additional capacity in community settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.

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  1. A good question ‘What does the Conservatives’ victory mean for social care?’ and do we have the answer or answers, Maybe not.

    Before the election I created the petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’ and a good way to obtain answers would be to support this petition .

    With this in mind consider the following

    Dear Friends,

    I have a petition, which was created a few weeks ago, “Solve the crisis in Social Care”.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

    It is addressed to Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock as Prime Minister and Secretary for Health & Social Care, respectively, who with the 2019 General Election result could well be in office for the next 5 years.
    Only an additional £1 billion has been promised for Social Care, which is a ‘drop in the ocean’ of what is really required.

    This petition is therefore a means to advise Boris and Matt that the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ needs to be Solved, URGENTLY. A Green Paper has been promised for so long, but is the Green the Mould that has been built up during the length of time of this promise, which to date has not been fulfilled and the crisis is still there and will be until actions are taken.

    It would mean a lot to me and those who are, in need of Social Care, if you took a moment to add your name because:

    Just in Adult Social Care demand has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16, The Health Foundation report, 23 October 2018,

    https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/news/demand-for-adult-social-care-services-has-increased-by-16-since-2015-16.

    This is not taking into account the demand for Children’s Social Care and the increase in demand since 2018, but as stated in the report, ‘At the same time, growth in government spending has only seen a 0.4% increase in real terms and the 10,670 fewer people received long term social care support’, effectively a substantial decrease in funding. This will and is having an impact on health care services and adds to the health funding crisis.

    Until all social care is sufficiently funded for children and adults, be they elderly, disabled, or in poor health, health services will be substantially affected, and health funding will need to be increased to compensate, to some degree, for the substantial underfunding of social care.

    It is not only causing distress and concern for persons in need of care, but also affecting their families, whose own health will be deteriorating due to the lack of Social Care and who in time will also need social and health care.

    I am a Family Carer and can see this happening for a considerable number of years for my own adult disabled daughter and how it has affected my own health and that of my wife.

    But funding is but one element of the Social Care Crisis, as good quality care is also a casualty, not only due to the increasing demand for social care, but the substantial lack of persons wishing to enter the caring profession.

    Here the lack of a wage/salary which matches the responsibilities, which need to be undertaken, the length of shifts, the number of unsocial hours, the care required in relation to the degree of disability and need and others.

    Austerity cuts to local authorities are partly to blame for some areas of this crisis, which has impacted on the funding available for social care, where the need is increasing, the lack of workers in social care and the increases to the National Living Wage.

    These problems relate to the whole area of care, be it in relation to Care and Nursing Homes, Supported Living, or Home Care.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

    Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.
    After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

    Please also see the article in Care Home Professional

    https://www.carehomeprofessional.com/breaking-news-social-care-system-on-verge-of-collapse-says-commons-report/?unapproved=804&moderation-hash=98b6532536444379f07cd593ac0b5862#comment-804

    In The Guardian article 21 August 2019, ‘It’s time to declare a social care emergency’, it states that an emergency needs to be declared as The Care Act is not being adhered to.

    Whereas in The Guardian article 1 August 2019, ‘Pledges to fix Social Care could cost Boris Johnson dearly’, it states that to bring funding back for Social Care to the 2009/2010 levels it would cost at least £8 billion in England alone.

    It is my own view that Social Care will always be a problem, not only until the funding is sorted and there is consistent good quality care, but that there needs to be one organisation that is responsible for all aspects of social care and also the associated areas relating to health and the health care.

    I recently attended the TSA International Technology Enabled Care Conference 2019 in Birmingham and Martin Green, Chief Executive , Care England was one of the excellent presenters, who in answer to a question relating to the one organisation, stated that he disagreed and related the integration of Social Care and Health to the travel industry where the airline, the airport, the hotel, the holiday package provider and others are, in the main all separate organisations, but in the main, most holiday makers have a seamless holiday, as all are prepared to work together. For the benefit of the holiday traveller.

    This is exactly what is required within Health and Social Care and, mainly, works with regards the ‘frontline’ workers, but the problems, mainly, occur with the senior managers who are still protective of their own areas of work and not prepared to solve differences to create the seamless structure for the benefit of the person in need of care and their families.

    So ‘Working Together’ needs to be the main factor and I now question, if the solution is one organisation.
    Thanks, Martin for at last a sensible voice.

    Thanks
    Chris Sterry
    carervoice@gmail.com

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