Care England calls for immediate £4bn cash injection for social care


Care England has called for an immediate £4bn injection into social care as part of its Long Term Plan for the sector.

The largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care warned social care was fast becoming a “doorstep issue” and that the time for further consultation had passed.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “Social care has been ignored by successive governments. 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”.

The Long Term Plan calls for sustainability of the adult social care sector to be secured through an immediate injection of £4bn followed by a longer term plan to ensure the future sustainability of the sector.

It also demands proportionate regulation and recognition maintaining that quality care “cannot be delivered on a shoestring”.

The creation of a the Long Term Plan comes ahead of the Care England 2019 conference, which will shine a spotlight on the social care workforce and the steps it’s taking to meet the challenges of effective care delivery in today’s economic climate.

With ‘Workforce Matters’ as the theme, the event will take place at the Church House Conference Centre in London on Wednesday, November 13.

Martin added: “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. 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”.

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