National Care Association (NCA) and National Care Forum (NCF) have become the latest social care representative bodies to release their manifestos for social care.
The manifesto launched this week as General Election campaigning is being stepped up ahead of polling day on December 12.
NCA launched its 2019 Manifesto for Care at its annual Celebrating Social Care reception at the House of Commons yesterday.
The manifesto calls for action in four areas:
- the redefinition of social care to incorporatehealth care responsibilities undertaken by the sector
- the creation of a responsible funding model for care home and domiciliary care
- a strategic evaluation of a qualification based recognition of the social care workforce to support safe recruitment and retention, including migrant accessibility
- recognition for the social care sector and its workforce
The NCA launch followed the NCF’s manifesto on Tuesday which outlined key tasks for social care and quick wins for the 100 days of a new government.
The key asks in the manifesto include:
- respect and recognition for the value of social care
- an immediate 3-5 year funding settlement to protect the provision of care, as part of a long-term funding solution
- a long-term vision for social care shaped by those who use it now, and in the future
- a professionally skilled workforce, properly valued, better paid, with more training and development
- the creation of an innovation transformation fund
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, said: “There is a consensus that our current social care system is in urgent need of reform. Whilst we can celebrate the success of increased longevity, this is being undermined by more years lived in poor health and an increasing demand for care amongst people of working age. A 20-year cycle of reports, reviews and independent commissions, not to mention missing green papers, has failed to bring the change we need. This needs to end!”