Tag Archives: Funding crisis

England is facing another needless Brexit disaster: care home staff shortages | Care workers | The Guardian

While the article is correct in the facts on staff shortages in care, it continues the false impression of social care as care in Care Homes is just one part of social care, albeit an essential part. But all care in social care is essential be it in Home Care, Respite, Hospices, Supported Living, etc

So lack of care staff effects all aspects of social care, so it will not be just the elderly affected, but all persons in need of care be they be children or adults.

This is a very serious crisis on top of the also funding crisis, which again is down to the Government, as their promised review of social care is still awaited, having been promised for many years. The Cameron Governments being from 2010-2016 promised this review but decided to delay the review implementation until 1 April 2020, which passed without comment, was this because of COVID-19 or was that just a convenient excuse, if Boris was challenged.

The funding crisis is extremely serious and could if not dealt with see the complete failure and decimation of social care, leaving those in need of care, even more vulnerable than they already are.

So, if multiple actions are not taken social care will cease due to serious lack of funding and people to provide the care.

Should a miracle occur and Boris puts his hand in his pocket and provides the required funding, social care will still fail due to the serious staffing shortage.

So no Christmas Cheer for people in need of care, that is unless support is forthcoming for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

 

 

England is facing another needless Brexit disaster: care home staff shortages | Care workers | The Guardian

Carers are being pushed further into exhaustion, poverty and despair by government neglect, survey says | Vox Political

I completely agree for Local Authorities (LAs) have been left short of funding over the 10 years of austerity cuts. While many LAs tried to shield Social Care from these cuts, inevitably this could not continue and Social Care had to take their sharing of their budget being cut. This at a time when caring needs were increasing, so LAs had to restrict who they provided social care for and this meant that only those with substantive care needs were being considered, so persons with moderate and below were not.

However, the care needs still were increasing which has resulted in social care being rationed, especially as safeguarding was the main priority and Safeguarding had to be funded.

COVID-19 has compounded the funding crisis and although the Government as provided some funding for COVID-19 issues, the funding is falling short.

Many, if not all LAs have a Social Care budget for both children and adults in deficit and a substantial deficit in more likely all LAs stretching into £millions.

Many Governments, both Conservative and, even Labour have promised to look into the funding crisis’s over the years, but to date none have and as each year goes by the crisis become more serious.

Even the Carers Allowance, falls way short of what is required and in no way covers the income lost by family carers caring for their loved relatives.

While this is a very serious situation, there are, also major problems in respect of paid carers, whose pay is abysmal for the responsibilities they undertake, but they also have poor working conditions and unsocial hours and much more, including, in some instances, poor quality of care being provided.

Unfortunately, Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, even prior to 1970, when LAs were made responsible for all Social Care, but not funded to do so.

Social Care is in dire need of substantial funding in all areas, which has prompted me to create the the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

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

More information can be found here, if required.

 

Source: Carers are being pushed further into exhaustion, poverty and despair by government neglect, survey says | Vox Political

Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News | 61chrissterry

New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all applications, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour.[1]

In some of these cases, the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system, and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible, but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). [1]

 

Source: Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News | 61chrissterry