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Social Care Is In Crisis, UK

November 04, 2017

Help the Aged responded to Care Services minister Ivan Lewis' comment that caring for older people was one of the greatest challenges facing the country.

Director of Policy Paul Cann said: 'There is a growing consensus that the social care system is in crisis. Under-funded and misunderstood - the care and support system in the UK has become a distress service, meeting only the needs of the poorest and most debilitated.

'Too many older people pay high prices for what are often poor quality services, or go without care at all.

'The care debate has the potential to shape and improve lives for generations of people. Whether it will depends on how ambitious we all are, how bold the Government is prepared to be, and crucially whether they are prepared to deliver on their fine rhetoric.

'Ivan Lewis is right to recognise that caring for our older people is of the highest importance to society.'


Right care, Right deal' is the new national campaign launched to build public awareness and support for the need for brave and innovative solutions for the social care system. With the Government indicating that social care is an urgent political priority, and in advance of the expected green paper later in 2008, the campaign combines three of the UK's largest charities working with and for older people and their families and carers, and will urge the government to renew its vision for the future of social care in England. Visit rightcare

Help the Aged is the charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people in the UK and overseas from poverty, isolation, neglect and ageism. It campaigns to raise public awareness of the issues affecting older people and to bring about policy change. The Charity delivers a range of services: information and advice, home support and community living, including international development work. These are supported by its paid-for services and fundraising activities - which aim to increase funding in the future to respond to the growing unmet needs of disadvantaged older people. Help the Aged also funds vital research into the health issues and experiences of older people to improve the quality of later life.

Help the Aged urgently needs donations and support to help it in the increasingly challenging fight to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.

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