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!
- Social care is means tested, everyone with assets over £23,250 must pay for themselves, rely on family, or go without.
- Many older people will have to sell their home to pay for social care
In campaigning for a National Social Care Service funded by general taxation we want urgent reform and justice for those needing and providing care.