News from BOPF Chair – 21 May 2021
Social Care Crisis – Letter to the Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister
I am writing to you on behalf of Bristol Older People’s Forum about the extremely disappointing lack of a clear plan in the recent Queen’s Speech to address the Social Care crisis.
When you first became Prime Minister in July 2019 you stated that you would: “fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.” In your December 2019 General Election manifesto, you again very clearly and explicitly promised that resolving the Social Care crisis would be a top priority for you and your Government, and that: ‘’nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it’’. Similar promises were made by your predecessors.
So far these promises have not materialised into any concrete action, which leaves older people and their families, including our 3000 members, not knowing what the future holds. Surely older people in our society deserve more respect and support.
In the meantime, the social care ‘system’ is antiquated and not fit for purpose, despite the very best efforts of undervalued and underpaid care staff. The inadequacies of the current Social Care arrangements have particularly been cruelly exposed during the pandemic.
When your Government’s proposals are forthcoming, and we hope that this will be very soon, they need to be comprehensive and fully funded for both now and the long-term, and not inadequate ‘sticking plaster’ approach.
Please can I therefore ask, on behalf of Bristol Older People’s Forum, that you treat reforming the Social Care system as the priority it deserves, and as the priority you promised.
Chair, Bristol Older People’s Forum