What we want

Social care is much broader in the real world than is commonly recognised and affects us all. It encompasses family and community caring activities where interdependence is the significant factor. It is integral to the way in which other public and community services are delivered, including public space, housing, transport, anti-discriminatory action and measures to reduce poverty. There needs to be a wider vision of what we are working towards as a society and how we want to provide care and support for the most vulnerable. We need to treat those requiring care as we would wish to be treated if, and when, we need help ourselves.

Most people don’t realise that they have to pay for social care support until they need it. There is a general assumption that, like the NHS, social care is free at the point of delivery. It is NOT! 

In campaigning for a National Social Care Service funded by general taxation we want urgent reform and justice for those needing and providing care.  


Justice for people in old age and with dementia

… 1.4 million older people go without the care they need for essential everyday tasks such as getting washed or dressed. Two thirds of the cost of dementia care is paid by people with dementia and their families. There are around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.

Justice for people with disability and long-term health difficulties

… 14.1 million disabled people live in the UK, including nearly 1 in 5 of working age adults. Of those receiving social care support, 33% are working age adults with physical and learning disabilities, and account for half the total expenditure on more long-term support. People with disabilities account for 59% of all Covid 19 deaths between March and July 2020 in England and Wales.

Justice for people caring voluntarily for loved ones

…. It is estimated that there’s 8.8 million unpaid carers in the UK, saving the economy £132 billion per year. Since 2017, 2.6 million people have left their jobs to care for a family member or friend, and many experience significant costs to their own mental and physical health.