Social care sector responds to Osborne’s review – more needs to be done

Posted on November 25th, by admin in Caring Times. No Comments

Today George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review was met by mixed reactions from the sector, with the general tenor being “it’s not enough”. We’ll have a full report in the January issue of Caring Times, but here are some key reactions:

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society: “The Government’s commitment to fund a dementia research institute offers hope and we welcome the recognition that the NHS cannot function effectively without investment in good social care. However, the new money promised today will only go some way to covering the £4.3 billion social care funding gap estimated by 2020. Today must be a first step towards ensuring the vital lifeline of social care for people with dementia.”

Stephen Burke, director of Good Care Guide: “The Chancellor’s spending review has failed to tackle the growing care crisis. Increases of up … Read More »

Social care funding gap “can no longer be ignored” says coalition

Posted on November 24th, by admin in Caring Times. No Comments

Caring Times latest

A coalition of 15 social care providers and other organisations has sent an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging him to close the funding gap in his Comprehensive Spending Review. It reads:

Dear Chancellor,

Those of us involved in caring for older and disabled people have been warning for some time that the economics of care are completely unsustainable. In spite of an ageing population, there has been a 31% reduction in social care spending over the last five years and, whilst all care workers thoroughly deserve the new National Living Wage, its unfunded introduction leaves the care sector facing a devastating financial collapse.

As Chancellor, one of your top priorities in the Spending Review should be finding a way to fill the funding gap for adult social care which by the end of the decade … Read More »

Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Posted on October 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Alongside the need for sustained lobbying by providers and trade bodies, sector analyst LaingBuisson has partnered with Caring Times to conduct a survey of care providers to gauge the impact of the National Living Wage.

To do this we need as high a volume of data as possible. To ensure that your home’s data is part of this survey we ask you to visit www.laingbuisson.co.uk and follow the links to answer a short series of questions covering staff, salaries and resident numbers.

The results of this survey will be analysed by LaingBuisson’s team of long term care consultants who will produce a definitive review of existing carer pay rates from which scenarios can be drawn which reflect the true impact of the NLW in a way which the government will be forced to address. Aggregate only data only will be reported. No … Read More »

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