Anger over reported delay to social care reform

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Plans were discussed before Covid-19 pandemic

Reports that the Government had plans in place to reform social care BEFORE the coronavirus pandemic but delayed them until autumn have been described as a scandal.

The BBC has said that the Government was looking at social care reform right up until March’s budget but then shelved plans until later this year.

It reports that a cap on care costs and a method of getting payments direct to care providers, rather than through commissioners, were amongst options discussed.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) says it is a scandal if reform was so close to being unveiled before being kicked down the road again.

ICG chair, Mike Padgham said: “If true, this is an awful revelation and evidence of the latest of many horrendous delays in tackling social care which have left the sector chronically under-prepared for situations like coronavirus.
“We have been lobbying for reform for many years and to learn that plans were almost put in place but then delayed again is a kick in the teeth for all care providers at this challenging time.”

The ICG says 1.5m people are now living without the care they need after almost £8bn was cut from social care budgets since 2010. It says care and nursing homes have been closing and homecare providers handing back untenable contracts during the past decade’s crisis.

Mr Padgham added: “Coronavirus exposed a social care system that was on the brink of collapse and those cracks have been laid bare during the pandemic and the way care providers have been able to respond. Care providers are now in dire straits with admissions falling due to coronavirus and staff and PPE costs spiralling. Many are close to the edge.
“If reform had been carried out years ago, social care would have been able to respond better.
“Instead of kicking this issue further and further down the road, the Government needs to begin tackling the reform of social care right now, so that we are never put in this perilous position again.”

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  1. In fact, not only has a promised reform for Social Care from March 2020 Budget been delayed until the Autumn 2020, but I have found out that the David Cameron Government could have done some solving for Social Care in 2015, but then, when all was ready they decided not to bother.

    The Care Act 2014

    In April 2015, the government implemented changes to the Care Act which could benefit many people that require support, and their carers. Read more about it here.https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7265/

    Under the Care Act 2014 the effective changes were delayed until April 2020 and it is now May 2020, so why have the changes not been implemented.

    So, were these changes delayed again by the Coronavirus Act 2020 and if not, whats happened to those changes which should have been effective from April 2020?

    It is critical that Social Care and solving its issues are not delayed any further.

    The problems to Social Care are indeed critical and many of these problems have been around for many years, if the reforms had been implemented in 2015 by David Cameron, it may be the case that Social Care today may not be in such a critical state.

  2. I believe this is the first article I have come across which is showing Social Care as it is, to some extent.

    I say,’to some extent’, because there are many other issues within Social Care.

    It is because of my concern for Social Care that I created the petition, Solve the crisis within Social Care

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

    with further information

    https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgnXvxtLLaA0zEvBa2?e=kwrhv8

    Please show your support for Social Care by considering the petition, signing and then sharing to show Boris that we really care and hope that he does also.

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