Have your say on the future of care September 2009
There is widespread agreement that the way in which care services are funded in the UK needs to be reviewed. We have an ageing population, and many more children born with disabilities are surviving into adulthood. By 2026 it is forecast an additional 1.7 million adults in England will be in need of care and support.
The Government has released a green paper entitled Shaping the Future of Care Together, and is holding a series of open meetings across the country during September and October. More details can be found by visiting www.careandsupport.direct.gov.uk
Although it is widely acknowledged that the Green Paper contains many good ideas, there are concerns too. Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association, said in The Guardian newspaper:
“I lean towards a national rather than a decentralised system because I’m so fed up with local authorities’ failure to deliver fairness, clarity and consistency.”
Meanwhile Mike Smith, chair of the National Centre for Independent Living says in a supplement published in the same paper:
“There’s good stuff in the green paper....... but there are also quite a few gaps. In particular it focuses almost exclusively on meeting the needs of the ageing population. It is really light on content about younger disabled people.”
The Prime Minister has said that consultation on the green paper represents “a crucial national debate”. To get involved you can attend one of 36 regional events. The consultation also has a Facebook page (Care and Support), with polling and discussion, and is on Twitter. Comments can be sent by email or post to Green Paper Team, Room 149, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS. The consultation ends on 13 November. The Guardian supplement on the issue can be found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/careandsupportreform