The growing social care crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. Since 2010, £2.7 billion has been cut from budgets that pay
for adult social care while the number of older people needing care has increased. The result is that the system is close to collapse with some
elderly people receiving just 15 minute visits and care for by a workforce that is undervalued.
The tighter eligibility criteria which are being applied to deal with this mean that hundreds of thousands fewer people are getting help. And the rising burden of care charges is adding to the cost of living crisis: increases in charges now mean that since 2010, elderly and disabled people are paying almost £740 a year more for vital home care services.
For too many vulnerable people the current health and care system feels like three fragmented services: physical health in the mainstream NHS, mental health on the fringes of the NHS, and social care in council run services. We will change that, bringing the services together around
those needing care – with a single point of contact to organise your care and new homecare workers in the NHS to support people to stay in their home.
We will also end the acceptance of exploitation of the social care workforce, which harms the care people receive. We will stop zero hour
contracts being used when care workers are in practice working regular hours, and fully enforce the minimum wage.
• Integrate physical health, mental health and social care services so we can give people a personal care plan and single point of contact for those with the greatest needs.
• Train, recruit and pay new staff through a ‘Time to Care’ fund, including 5,000 new homecare workers in the NHS to support people to stay in their home.
• Create greater rights to care at home.
• Work with local authorities and care providers to end timelimited 15-minute visits.
• Tackle the exploitation of care workers, so that travel between appointments is not an excuse for paying below the minimum wage and ban exploitative zero hour contracts.
• Despite an ageing population, since 2010, £2.7 billion has been cut from care budgets.
• Over 300,000 Care Workers are on ‘Zero Hours Contracts and studies estimate up to 220,000 are paid less than the National Minimum Wage.