Government announcement on care reforms
The Government today publishes a final version of its new national criteria for social care eligibility - it reveals who will and who will not get care from April 2015.
Commenting on this Ruth Cooke, CEO Midland Heart, said:
"We know that increasing demand and falling resources will together unhinge the aspirations of the new care reforms. This pressure means that the bar to accessing services is being raised.
"We are a provider of early intervention services for many vulnerable people and see the very positive difference preventative services can make. Its about helping an individual live with dignity and independence in their own home.
"With more people excluded from the care system, we will see countless older and disabled customers unable to get the vital services they need and they will simply hit crisis point.
"We need a bigger, honest whole system debate on making prevention truly work - it's a debate about funding, eligibility, integration and wellbeing."
The Care and Support Alliance is campaigning for a properly funded care system. The call to action follows YouGov polling which shows that the public have lost confidence in the current care system and that care - along with health - is the place they'd most like to see greater investment.
Richard Hawkes, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said: "The Care Act is a ground-breaking piece of legislation - capping catastrophic care costs and ending the postcode lottery.
"But it will only live up to its promise of a genuinely preventative system that promotes wellbeing, if the Government re-thinks its plans to exclude so many older and disabled people from the system.
"Setting a high threshold for the care system is a bit like going to the doctor with a chest infection and being told to come back with pneumonia.
"Every day, our 76 organisations hear horror stories of older and disabled people who struggle to get the support they need to simply get up, get dressed and get out of the house.
"Care - along with the NHS - is now undoubtedly an election issue. Population changes mean more and more people need care. Yet fewer and fewer people get it, as chronic underfunding has seen a year-on-year rationing of support.
"Our survey shows the public has lost confidence in the current system. It shows care, along with health, is where the public want the Government to invest more.
"The only long-term solution to the care crisis is an increase in funding, and - as the Barker Commission experts rightly argue - as a country we can afford it. In fact we can't afford not to."