Notes to editors
The letter to the Chancellor has been signed by the following:
- Lord Best, Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Stephen Burke, Chief Executive, Counsel and Care
- John Coughlan, President, Association of Directors of Social Services
- Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, King’s Fund
- Martin Green, Chief Executive, ECCA
- Michael Lake, Director General, Help the Aged
- Gordon Lishman, Director General, Age Concern England
- Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK
The letter urges the Chancellor to heed the recommendations of the influential Wanless report for the King’s Fund earlier this year, Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view, which warned that services for older people were already being pared back to worrying levels, so that “only those in severe need are likely to receive help.”
The letter also refers to a number of immediate steps that could be taken to improve the system as outlined in two Joseph Rowntree Foundation publications, Paying for Long-term Care: Moving forward (2006) and Five Costed Reforms to Long-term Care Funding (2006) by Donald Hirsch.
In addition, the signatories point to a recent report from the social care inspectorate (CSCI) called Time to Care? An overview of home care services for older people in England (2006), warning that current home care services are under-resourced, and that constant cost-cutting is undermining the quality of care.
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