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Care England publishes manifesto for social care

November 6, 2019

Provider representative body Care England has launched its long term plan for the independent adult social care sector.

With the general election just a few weeks away and social care fast becoming a ‘doorstep issue’, Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the plan calls for the long term sustainability of the adult social are sector to be secured through an immediate £4bn followed by a longer term plan to ensure the future sustainability of the sector.

“Social care has been ignored by successive governments,” said Prof. Green.

“Now a long term plan for adult social care is critical. There is no need for further consultation, review of green papers; the moment has passed. The sector is brimming with innovation, energy and commitment which needs to be harnessed by an incoming government into a long term plan.”

Unlike other sectors, social care has not received the funding necessary to meet the rapidly rising levels of demand that it has, and will continue, to see. http://www.careengland.org.uk/publications-consultations

Care England calls for fair funding, proportionate regulation and due recognition, maintaining that quality care cannot be delivered on a shoestring. Recent research suggests that most social care providers are increasingly pressured and envisage having to close some part of their services in the near future. The creation of a long term funding solution is also interlinked with the development of an effective and motivated social care workforce.

“The needs of England’s diverse and pluralist society will be best met by a mixed economy where quality care can be both maintained and increased,” said Prof. Green.

“We urge providers to use this long term plan to challenge their electoral candidates on their policies for the future direction of care including a well resourced and well trained social care workforce.”

Professor Martin Green

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