Parliamentarians pledge to #MakeCareFair
27 March 2018
By Victoria Hemmingway
Last week we took our #MakeCareFair campaign to Parliament. We are calling for MPs to support good quality social care and an end to 15 minute personal care visits.
A huge thank you to all of you who asked their MP to attend!
Nearly 60 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum came to hear about our campaign.
This included Marsha de Cordova, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions.
Since 2010, councils have experienced cuts of over £6 billion in funding for social care. Because of this chronic funding pressure, they are continuing to provide people with rushed and undignified 15-minute homecare visits.
At the event MPs heard about our research. We found that almost 20,000 people are still receiving these ‘flying’ 15-minute personal care visits across England, Scotland and Wales.
MPs also had the opportunity to meet one of our campaigners and hear about his experience of receiving 15-minute personal care visits. We know these visits are rushed and degrading, forcing people to choose between showering and having a drink.
We are delighted that 15-minute personal care visits will be illegal in Wales from April, but we will continue to monitor the implementation of this to ensure the Welsh Government truly commits to #MakeCareFair.
Our calls for better social care continue this week as Neil Heslop, our chief executive, gave evidence to a group of MPs investigating the issue of social care funding.
He spelled out the desperate need for appropriate funding. Disabled people who need social care must be able to get the support to enable them to lead their lives as they wish.
The group of MPs, known officially as a ‘select committee’ will carry out further investigations into this issue before making recommendations to the government.
They can be very influential and so it is encouraging to see them taking a keen interest in social care.
We want the government to take action now, to provide adequate funding for social care so disabled people who need it can receive the right support to live their lives with independence and dignity.
Victoria Hemmingway is a public affairs officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability.