“Nine in 10 MPs don’t believe UK’s social care system is fit for purpose”

And Owl thinks the other 1 in 10 are self-serving idiots – one of whom is Jeremy Hunt.

“Only 10 per cent believe pensioners needing help to stay living in their own homes are well served, found the poll of 101 English parliamentarians.

Just 13 per cent of Labour MPs and 35 per cent of Conservative MPs say social care services in their constituencies are up to scratch.

“Confidence that the social care system can deal with the UK’s ageing population has virtually evaporated among parliamentarians,” said Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, which carried out the research.

“The crisis in social care was front and centre in the election earlier this year, and it is clear from this poll that there is an overwhelming desire from politicians on all sides for the Government to work towards a cross-party consensus on a solution.”

Former Lib Dem health minister in the coalition government Norman Lamb said: “The health and care system in England is creaking at the seams.

“An unprecedented number of older people need support in later life but are finding high-quality care is hard to come by.

“Without lasting reform, the most vulnerable frail and elderly people are at real risk of falling through the gaps and not getting the support they expect and deserve.”

The Government has pledged an extra £2bn for social care over the next few years but it is only one-off funding which reduces each year.

Vital services caring for elderly and disabled people still face an annual £2.3bn funding gap by 2020, which will continue to grow, according to the Local Government Association.

Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “It’s encouraging to see so many MPs across all political parties recognising the need for action to find a sustainable solution to the adult social care funding crisis.”

Margaret Willcox, of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said: “Older and disabled people and their families need and deserve high quality, reliable and personal care.

“For this to happen, and with MPs returning to Parliament next week, government needs to address adult social care as a priority so it can be future-proofed for people who will continue to need care and support in increasing numbers.”

The poll of more than 2,000 British adults also found that many under-estimate the cost of social care.

On average, UK adults estimate that residential care would cost £549 a week – when in reality it costs on average £866 for a place in a nursing home, the Centre said.

Meanwhile, another poll carried out by carehome.co.uk found that four in 10 of care home residents do not receive regular visits from friends and family.

A total of 1,154 care home owners, managers and staff were asked to estimate the percentage of residents that do not receive regular visits, with 42 per cent being the average figure given.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “This Government is absolutely committed to improving social care in this country, which is why we have provided an additional £2bn for the sector, introduced tougher inspections to keep driving up standards and committed to consult on the future of social care to ensure sustainability in the long term.”


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  1. “35 per cent of Conservative MPs say social care services in their constituencies are up to scratch”

    So 65% of Conservative MPs believe that social care services are not up to scratch, but do nothing about it and continue to vote as they are told when it comes to social care cuts.


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