Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has published Securing the future of social care funding. The new report calls for a national conversation about creating a social care future between people who use services, professionals and policy makers.
The report, published this week, sets out the issues facing disability organisations and why it is of utmost importance that Government puts in place a sustainable funding plan.
VODG calls the lack of resolution to the funding of care for disabled and older people 'a story of sustained political failure', stating, 'There is simply no other area of policy which has had so many formal reviews without leading to a legislative change.'
In Securing the future of social care funding, VODG encourages Government not to delay reform of the social care sector any longer and asks for policy makers to work with the sector to ensure community resources are responsive and preventative.
The report focuses on four key themes:
- Social care under strain.
- The impact of under funding.
- Future funding – the options.
- NHS restructuring – what it means for the social care and voluntary sectors.
The Group ends the report asking Government to aid in creating a responsive and preventative system, brought about by 'political nerve and insight from political leaders who are prepared to invest in the system'.
Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive, said, 'This government has an opportunity to ensure that social care to support people to live independently becomes a national priority. We need a well-resourced and sustainable care and support system and this report sets out the issues we need to have in our national conversation about social care for older and disabled adults.'
VODG states that it stands by to 'play its part securing the future of social care for the benefit of individuals, families and communities.'
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