Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group, has enlisted the help of visitors to a day care centre in his campaign to get MPs to address the crisis in social care.
The seasoned campaigner is writing to all 650 of the country’s MPs calling for action to help more than 1.4m older and vulnerable adults who are not currently getting the care they need.
This week visitors to his day care centre, Saint Cecilia’s Day Care in Scarborough, were called in to action to put the 650 letters into envelopes, ready for sending out.
Said Mike: “The visitors were only too pleased to help as they recognise that the current social care crisis puts day care centres like this one and all care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care providers at risk.”
In his letter to MPs, Mike says: “Some £7bn has been cut from council social care budgets in the past eight years and without action, the sector is facing a predicted shortfall of some £2.8bn by 2019/20, or £3.5bn by 2025.
“We cannot wait for the long-promised and long-delayed Green Paper on care, because even when that is finally published it will be many months, if not years, before we see meaningful change. We need action now.”
He calls for integration of social care with NHS care, better funding for social care and for care to be made zero rated for VAT, all of which would enable social care providers to invest, properly reward and recruit staff and be ready for a rapidly increasing demand for care.
His letter concludes: “What is needed now is not more analysis but a clear commitment to action to address both the immediate short term pressures and longer term sustainable funding. Today I urge you to take action to stop the crisis in social care and help hundreds of thousands of people currently denied the care they need.”