North East UK news 'Ravaged' social care sector in England is 'urgently in need of cash' warn MPs PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The adult social care sector in England is in dire straits, a cross-party group of MPs warned.

North East UK news 'Ravaged' social care sector in England is 'urgently in need of cash' warn MPs PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The adult social care sector in England is in dire straits, a cross-party group of MPs warned.

North East UK news 'Ravaged' social care sector in England is 'urgently in need of cash' warn MPs PremierLeague-News.Com
03 August 2022 - 23:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Without an "urgent" cash injection from Government before the end of the year, the adult social care sector will struggle to meet cost pressures, MPs have warned. The cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee said the "ravaged" sector in England was struggling with rising demand, unmet need and difficulties recruiting and retaining staff. Inflation, the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rising were also identified as issues adding to the pressure on social care. The MPs said that Covid-19 had exacerbated long-term issues, and that the "message rang clear" that adult social care “does not have enough funding either in the here and now, or in the longer term”.. This follows an inquiry by the LUHC into the long-term funding needed in adult social care. Read more: Newcastle GP hits out at health service pay and warns brain drain could see 'two-tier NHS' Committee chairman Clive Betts said the Government “deserves credit” for attempting reform but that the Government has only “come close” to rescuing social care, with a long way to go. He said: “Ultimately, whether it relates to immediate cost pressures or on wider structural issues in the sector, the fundamental problem is that there continues to be a large funding gap in adult social care which needs filling. “Those who need care, their loved ones, and care workers deserve better. The NHS and adult social care provision should not be pitted against one another. The two systems are interdependent and each needs to be adequately funded to reduce pressure on the other. “Wherever the money comes from – from allocating a higher proportion of levy proceeds to social care, or from central government grants – the Government urgently needs to allocate more funding to adult social care in the order of several billions each year.” The committee warned that, currently, the Government had "nothing more than a vision" for social care, and that money from the new National Insurance levy "wouldn't touch the sides".

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. Coun David Fothergill, who leads the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “To meet current unmet and under-met need within social care funding is urgently needed Evidence from across the sector shows the current crisis in workforce capacity, waiting times and strained council budgets." Age UK said the committee has recognised, in not so many words, that social care is “grotesquely under resourced in terms of people and money”, the charity's director Caroline Abrahams added: "At the moment millions of our fellow citizens are living diminished lives because the reliable, high quality care services they need just aren’t there for them." She said the consequences of this were "deeply damaging" and "piling extra strain on the NHS". Donna Rowe-Merriman, who heads up business and community at union UNISON, added: "Poverty of ambition and lack of will lie at the heart of their planned but rather limited reforms. The urgent priority must be a proper pay rise across the entire care sector. Low wages and inadequate sick pay explain why thousands of staff are quitting for better paid jobs elsewhere." The pressure on Government to act comes amid a Conservative Party leadership election and with public sector works such as doctors, nurses and Royal Mail workers either choosing to take or considering taking industrial action as a result of below-inflation pay rise offers. A Government spokesperson said: “We are already taking decisive action to reduce pressures on the system which includes investing an extra £5.4 billion in adult social care over the next three years to end unpredictable costs and support those working in the sector. "This year, we have made available £3.7 billion of additional funding to local authorities, which they can spend on adult social care. We are also delivering on our ambitious 10-year vision for adult social care, which provides detail on the measures to implement over the next three years to reform the sector and deliver for people." READ NEXT: Staff shortages creating 'unacceptable risk' to patient safety and leaving nurses 'demoralised', says union Top Newcastle GP warns primary care crisis is 'only going to get worse' without bold Government action Doctors' anger at NHS contract plans - and say demand to run Saturday appointments would 'add to the strain' on exhausted GPs Life as a receptionist at a Gateshead GP practice where abuse is becoming more common Triple threat of Covid, flu and norovirus could push NHS to the limit this winter in England

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