Will Boris keep his promise to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’?
We asked our MP Adam Holloway to represent us
On 5 July 2021 we wrote to our MP Adam Holloway to follow up on the Prime Minister’s promise to fix the crisis in social care and from this letter we arranged a meeting with him to discuss our concerns on 28/11/2021
We write to you as a homecare agency based in your constituency, which provides support to older and disabled people to enable them remain independent in their own homes. We are also an employer providing jobs to homecare workers in your constituency, and our service helps reduce pressure on the NHS.
We want to draw your attention to an Open letter to the Prime Minister from our professional association – United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and the Care and Support Alliance which represents 75 of Britain’s leading organisations campaigning for a properly funded care system.
You can read the letter online: https://keepyourpromiseboris.com/en#letter-from-ceo-shttps://ukhca-mail.co.uk/1DVI-7FVEU-3UOTU3-4HQBI9-1/c.aspx
The letter urges the Prime Minister to keep the promise he made on his first day in office to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”.
We urge you, as our MP, to ensure that the Government delivers on this commitment.
Among the key issues that face the homecare sector include:
Fair fee rates: The public sector is under-funding homecare by, on average, almost a quarter of every hour. (UKHCA, 2021https://ukhca-mail.co.uk/1DVI-7FVEU-3UOTU3-4HQBIA-1/c.aspx)
A key part of the economy: social care contributes £41.2 billion per annum to England’s GVA (Skills for Care, 2020https://ukhca-mail.co.uk/1DVI-7FVEU-3UOTU3-4HQBIB-1/c.aspx).
MPs agree: Over three-quarters of MPs believe that the budget for social care should be raised. (Health for Carehttps://ukhca-mail.co.uk/1DVI-7FVEU-3UOTU3-4HQBIC-1/c.aspx)
It would be a pleasure to meet you and discuss the pressing issues for social care in person. We would therefore like to extend an invitation to you to visit our service. This will give you the chance to meet dedicated members of our team who support some of the older and disabled people in your constituency to remain independent at home.
Tony Rana – Director – Sambhana Care
We were very much looking forward to meeting Adam Holloway and telling him our story at Sambhana Care and our concerns for the future of social care that we play a vital role in.
He came to our offices with three interns and sadly was only able to give us 20 minutes of his time which was disappointing. We told him our story as a business and introduced him to our sister business Let’s Chat and then he had to leave to get to his next appointment. We are not convinced that he, or this government, will address our concerns nor support our sector with enough budget to resolve the problems. We have done our part in raising awareness in his constituency and we hope it will resonate with him and we will continue to push for increased budgets and reform so that our vulnerable get the service and support they so very much deserve.