Today marks the start of a week of sleep-in action by the #SolveSleepIns Alliance. The Alliance is sharpening its focus in the long-running campaign.
This step up in activity follows the recent the publication of independent commissioned research which demonstrates how the current impasse is damaging the social care sector. A cross-sector letter to the Chair of the Charity Commission has also asked the regulator to intervene.
On Tuesday 26th June, delegates are meeting with opposition Labour MPs on the scale of the current challenges. Separately delegates will also be meeting to understand government’s current position.
Two parliamentary days of action will take place on 27th and 29th June. The first, on 27th June, involves a parliamentary ‘drop in’ to enable members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to meet with provider representatives to explore the issues and solutions.
The second, on 29th June, brings members together around the country as they meet and speak with parliamentarians in local constituency offices.
Together, it is hoped that these activities will lead to substantial progress being made on the issue.
Speaking at the CMM Insight conference last week, Matthew Wort, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP told delegates that it was unlikely that the situation would be resolved for another 12 months. Discussing the Court of Appeal's ruling on the case, Matthew said that whatever the decision, it's likely that there will be an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The #SolveSleepIns Alliance comprises the Association for Real Change, Care England, Learning Disability England, Learning Disability Voices and VODG.