I do, have a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care.
You may be wondering why I am promoting this petition as we are in the Coronavirus, COVID 19 crisis and certainly now that Social Care is appearing to have some signs of recognition.
It is because of this recognition and I do appreciate the Government is concentrating on COVID 19, and my thoughts are with Boris Johnson and his family and other families in similar positions, but Social Care has been forgotten for many years and certainly with regards to funding.
I have been involved with Social Care, be it with regards to family or on a wider basis for over some 40 years and funding was always an issue and the last 10 years has made the situation much worse.
So, the recognition is an impetus on which to build and to ensure the recognition continues when COVID 19 has been overcome.
So here is how I am currently promoting the petition.
As I am very concerned about Social Care could I also introduce you to my latest Petition, ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’.
We all have reasons for reaching out and some of mine are mentioned below
• With the Government, Social Care is the forgotten service and Yes, the Government as plenty to deal with currently, but more should have been done for Social Care well before the COVID 19 situation.
• This section of care has been devoid of enough money for far too long and austerity measures only compounded this.
• The starting salary for all care workers should be, at least the Real Living Wage and not, as currently the National Living Wage or for some under 25 years The Minimum Wage.
• The rate of pay is abysmal when compared to the responsibilities they undertake.
It is not just the rate of pay, but many others including
• Conditions of Service
• Travel Expenses
• Sick Pay schemes
My own family and many other families rely on Social Care to help us look after our relatives who have major needs relating to care. We all have, over the years, done what we can to help manage these needs of our relatives, but there comes a time when the needs exceed what we ourselves can realistically deliver, hence our, now, reliance on Social Care and without it our relatives needs will not be met.
Lack of funding for Social Care is a major problem and this leads to
1. not only insufficient funding for all forms of Social Care
2. a lack of people wishing to come into the profession due to the abysmal rate of pay
3. partly causing a lack of quality of care being delivered in some areas and other problems
4. causing stress and exhaustion for family members providing care to their relatives, due to the lack of Social Care
If the crisis in Social Care is not met, this will then increase the crisis in health.
For more information I refer you to my web page
It goes without saying that I am greatly disappointed with the latest Budget, not even the miserly £1 or £1.5 billion promised by Boris, but unfortunately this is how it is for Social Care and those in need of Social Care.
It is what we have come to accept, but not without question and challenge and the Coronavirus Pandemic is making Social Care even more important .
However, the Government as shown their contempt for Social Care by suspending the Care Act 2014 some weeks ago, rather than providing increased funding to Local Authorities so they can, not only maintain current Social Care levels, which are really well below than required, but increase the level of Social Care to what is really required.
You will never know when you maybe in need of Social Care, so please support Social Care, before it is too late