Take action on social care
On 7 September 2021 Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his government’s plan to reform funding of the social care system in England. We wanted to let you know how Carers Trust is responding to those plans.
On the same day, we expressed our concerns that the plans will not go far enough in fixing social care, nor do enough to address the chronic challenges of those affected most by our broken social care system – unpaid family carers.
Joe Levenson, our Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs, also blogged about the plans and why we are committed to doing all we can to work with local carer services, unpaid carers and government to ensure that a reformed social care system delivers truly radical change for unpaid carers.
We have also been working with over 70 other charities to campaign on this issue as part of the Care & Support Alliance’s #KeepYourPromiseBoris campaign and Joe Levenson signed an open letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
How to get involved with the #SocialCareCantWait campaign
- Sign the Care & Support Alliance’s petition calling for immediate funding for social care and share it with your friends, family and colleagues.
- Follow the #SocialCareCantWait campaign on social media @CarersTrust and take part in social media action.
- Join the Care & Support Alliance's digital day of action on Friday 15 October. You might like to use this tweet: @RishiSunak Unpaid #carers need better care *now* not in 3 years' time. Show them you care: give councils decent funding on 27th Oct or care reform will fail. We're joining 50+ orgs today saying #SocialCareCantWait Sign the petition now www.DoesRishiReallyCare.com
Further information about our campaign
- See our Press release – Carers Trust responds to government’s plans for social care reform.
- Read the blog from Joe Levenson, our Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs. Social care reform: fix or wishful thinking?
- Read the open letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
- Find out more about the Care and Support Alliance.
- If you’re based in Scotland or Wales, have a look at website for details of our work around social care in those nations.
Our social care survey 2022 findings
Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey – your responses have formed an important evidence base on the challenges unpaid carers are facing, and the support they need. We are using these findings in our work to influence decision makers, in media coverage and our own communications announcing results of the survey.
Our respite fund for unpaid carers
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers is a new initiative created by Carers Trust, set up to mark the 70th birthday of Carers Trust President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
Our aim is to provide grants to approximately 30,000 carers through Carers Trust local carer services so that unpaid carers can take the break they so desperately need, and at no expense to themselves. To do this we need to raise £3 million for the Fund over the next two years.