Alzheimer's Society calls for action before the social care crisis damages more lives, echoing Age UK

Age UK has today (Thursday 16 February) issued a dire warning that social crisis will worsen over the coming years, with complete collapse in the worst affected areas happening as soon as next year.

The report, ‘Health and Care of Older People in England 2017,’ highlights the challenges faced by older people who rely on care and support and analyses the government’s current strategy for tackling the crisis. The conclusion echoes what is urgently felt across the sector – that there needs to be a short-term injection of new money in to the system and leadership towards a long-term solution.

Alzheimer’s Society’s submission to the Spring Budget highlights the dangerous disconnect between the cost of delivering care and what is currently paid, and that the social care precept does not recognise this. As well as adequate funding in this year’s Budget, Alzheimer’s Society is asking for a commitment to developing a cross-party solution that lasts beyond this Parliament.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“The report highlights again the crisis in social care, leaving vulnerable people - not least those with dementia and their carers - without support. Now is the time for action, before more lives are damaged."