Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:
“The findings show the grave threat that social care is under.
“Social care, which many rely on as life support, is essential in meeting the needs of disabled and older people and their families to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Despite the Government’s injection of cash, collapse of the whole system is still a significant risk.
“Increased costs and raising needs have been met with an overall reduction in money and now more than 1 million older and disabled people are without the care they need.
“The election showed that people are deeply concerned about social care. The Government needs to accept that there is not enough money in the system and that plans for a green paper need to be a priority that addresses both the needs of older people and working age disabled adults. The country currently does not have a care service it needs. This crisis is putting families under pressure, leaving people in need neglected and putting unnecessary strain on the NHS.”
Note to editors
The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 90 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.
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