Reclaim Social Care Policy
TORY GOVERNMENT'S STATEMENT ON SOCIAL CARE - PRESS RELEASE 16 1 20
Mr Johnson says that the Tories will produce a plan on social care within 12 months and have the changes introduced by 2025.
These are the same promises we have seen for years and we remain totally sceptical that any progress will be made. We currently have a system that is starved of resource, privatised, fragmented and sometimes dangerous to people and staff.
Reclaim Social Care is clear that the country requires social care to be:
- based on supporting independent living for all
- free at the point of use
- paid for, like the NHS, through central taxation
- brought into the public sector
- staffed by people well supported and with a positive career structure
- with financial support for voluntary carers
See our website www.reclaimsocialcare.co.uk for practical details of how this can be achieved.
We do not expect that the current government will have the vision to move in this direction. Reclaim Social Care will continue to campaign against cuts and fight for a new vision of social care.
RECLAIM SOCIAL CARE'S QUESTIONS FOR LABOUR PARTY LEADERSHIP ELECTION CANDIDATES Use these questions at hustings or in documents to challenge candidates. Or on social media.
FUNDING SOCIAL CARE AND SUPPORT
This paper explores how RSC recommends funding social care and support:
This paper, written by the KIngs Fund, offers more traditional solutions:Approaches-to-social-care-funding_KIngs_Fund.pdf
BRINGING SOCIAL CARE BACK INTO THE PUBLIC REALM
This paper explains mechanisms that could bring both domiciliary and residential care into the public sector
NO FULL INTEGRATION BETWEEN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
RSC feels that people will be served far better if the services remain separate but coalesce around the person SHA_-_Integration_-_C_(003)_Duffy.pdf
DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL CARE
Thoughts on maximising people's involvement in social care Democracy in social care
LABOUR'S NEW POLICY - TOWARDS A NATIONAL CARE SERVICE
Labour's vision for Social Care is a big step forward, influenced by disabled people and Reclaim Social Care. 12703_19-Towards-the-National-Care-Service.pdf
SOCIAL CARE COMPOSITE RESOLUTION PASSED AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 2019
This was brought together from motions from across the country, many based on Reclaim Social Care's text. It is now Labour Party policy.
Conference notes the current postcode lottery of Social Care funding and the real hardship and unfairness this causes, impacting on the most vulnerable within our society reducing life expectancy, health outcomes and wellbeing.
Labour to develop a universal care and support service working with user groups, in collaboration with a national independent living support service and available to all on basis of need, based on Article 19 of the UNCRPD.
England’s social care system is broken. Local Authorities face £700million cuts in 2018-19. With £7billion slashed since 2010. 26% fewer older people receive support, while demand grows. Most care is privatised, doesn’t reflect users’ needs and wishes, whilst charges increase.
Disabled and elderly people face barriers to inclusion and independent living, thousands feel neglected. 8 million unpaid, overworked family carers, including children and elderly relatives, provide vital support.
Make the provision of all social care free to recipients as is the case for health care under the NHS.
- That provides a new universal right to independent living
- Enshrined in law and delivered through a new National Independent Living Service co-created between government and service users.
Consequences of marrying social care to the NHS include medicalisation, isolation, indignity, maltreatment, bringing social care under a struggling NHS umbrella is not the answer.
Transfer responsibility for funding social care from the LA to the national exchequer through progressive taxation.
Distribute funding to the LAs for social care on the basis of the population served (age, sex and deprivation) and the cost of care.
Locally democratic and designed by service users and carers in partnership with LAs and the NHS, delivered as far as possible by service users.
Publicly, democratically run services, designed and delivered locally, co-productively involving local authorities, the NHS and service users, disabled people and carers.
Providing staff with nationally agreed training qualifications, career structure, pay and conditions.
Fund social care to provide a pay rise of at least 35% to all care workers.
Giving informal carers the rights and support they need.
Conference resolves that within the first term of a new Labour government to provide a universal system of social care and support based on a universal right to independent living.