North Yorkshire carers urged to join survival fight

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SocialCarePartySocial care providers and people across York and North Yorkshire are being urged to join the fight to get the Government to put more money into the care of older and vulnerable adults in their own home.

The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) is urging all homecare providers and the public to sign an online petition lobbying the Government to act.

Social care has been hit hard during the economic downturn, with almost £5bn cut from local authority budgets since 2010-11 and more forecast. This has meant fewer and fewer people receiving the care they need for things like getting up, dressing, preparing meals and going to bed at home.

A host of national bodies including the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS), the National Care Alliance and many more recently called on the Government to address all social care funding in the forthcoming spending review.

On top of the cutbacks, the sector is also concerned about the introduction of the National Living Wage in April next year, a move which will add huge costs to providers’ wage bills and could drive some out of operation.

The Independent Care Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham said: “Social care is at crisis point with providers and commissioners warning that there could be a major provider failure and a huge loss of care provision for people who need it.

“The Government has to act on social care funding before the introduction of the National Living Wage or there will be a serious problem with care provision in this country.

“In the meantime, I would urge as many people as possible to sign this petition and show the government the strength of concern about this issue and the way we care for our oldest and most vulnerable citizens.”

People are urged to sign the online ‘Save Our Homecare’ petition run by the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) by visiting https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108789

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