The Conservative-led Government said in 2010 it “understood the urgency of reforming the social care system” but they have not responded to the Dilnot Commission, which produced its report on funding issues in July 2011.
The Government is now widely expected to leave out any commitment in the Queen’s Speech to legislate on Social Care funding.
Barbara Keeley said:
“Social care is in crisis – seventy eight charities involved with social care are saying that the system is chronically underfunded and in urgent need of reform. The Conservative-led Government’s cuts to council budgets have pushed our care system into this crisis. Without the proper level of funding, older and disabled people are left struggling to manage without adequate care and they may be admitted to hospital more often.”
“The Conservative-led Government has already delayed its response to the Dilnot review on the funding of social care. This issue is too important for the Government to duck or to delay its decisions. The Government must make good on its promise to ease the cost burden faced by people who need care and their families. They must act now.”