Over two-thirds (69%) of people say social care should be a top priority for government, according to a new poll.
The survey by charity MHA, which coincides with the launch of its #FixCareForAll campaign, also found that almost half (43%) of people believed the government does not care about the needs of older people.
MHA Chief Executive Sam Monaghan said: “Our research clearly shows that the public now sees social care as a top priority for the country, and that this should be a key part of the government’s ‘building back better’ agenda.
“For far too long older people and their needs have been neglected by successive governments of all political persuasions and the time has come to finally fix care for all.
“We have all seen how devastating COVID-19 was to care homes, how many people lost loved ones during that time and how consecutive lockdowns have affected older people. It has made all of us think about what’s important and the kind of society we want to be.
“Over the last 20 years the adult social care sector has borne the brunt of many broken promises. There have been green papers, white papers, commissions, reviews, yet still the system remains broken.
“What we now need is decisive action from government. We need to make sure care is properly resourced, we value our care workers, people have a say in their care, funding is transparent and accountable and delivered through financial regulation, and there is a seamless pathway with health services.
“The time for talking is over. Ageing isn’t an abstract concept, it’s something which we will all have to face one day so it’s in all our interests to get this right going forward. We need a clear plan to support the future funding and framework to support older people. We have a growing population of older people who deserve respect and certainty for their future.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Improving the adult social care system remains a priority for this government and we will bring forward proposals later this year to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
“Throughout the pandemic we have provided almost £1.8 billion in specific funding for adult social care, including infection prevention and control measures. We’ve also provided free PPE and additional testing and prioritised health and care workers for the vaccine.”
Members of the public are encouraged to get involved in the campaign by using the hashtag #FixCareForAll on social media and visiting FixCareForAll.co.uk where they can find more details on the campaign and information on how to engage with MPs and elected representatives on this issue.