The wording of its petition reads: “Support the proper future funding of social care so that older and vulnerable adults get the care they deserve and pressure is relieved on the NHS.”
The group’s chair, Mike Padgham said: “We are just days away from the General Election and we aren’t hearing nearly enough about how would-be MPs plan to care for the country’s older and vulnerable adults.
“We want people to sign up to this petition and show election candidates just how important social care is for the future.”
“Since 2010, £3.5bn has been taken from the social care system due to cuts to local authority budgets, leaving vast numbers of people without the care they need in care homes or their own home,” Mr Padgham added.
“And all the time the Government is calling for standards of care to improve, whilst starving the sector of the money it needs to survive, let along improve. If we want social care to improve we will have to support it and fund it properly.”
Last month the group launched its own manifesto calling for:
- Ring-fenced funding for social care provision
- The merging of health and social care into a nationally-run, single department
- A cabinet post to be created for health and social care
- A realistic system where people don’t have to sell their home to pay for care
- Dementia to be treated as a healthcare need and therefore funded by the NHS
- The Care Quality Commission to inspect those who buy care – like local authorities
- Statutory periods of notice before care providers can be closed down
- Incentives to providers to improve standards
- Better partnerships with local authorities and health trusts
- Minimum agreed tariffs for an hour of home care and for care home bed stays
- Work towards paying staff at least the Living Wage
- Care providers to be able to reclaim VAT.