Social Care – White Paper

Carer Watch acknowledges the White Paper on Social Care, “Building a National Care Service”, for the importance it places on vital issues that will affect our society as a whole. Whilst elements of the paper hold true, we believe the starting point to be incorrect. Any proposal suggested to date, if implemented, would not be sustainable long term, without the strong foundation that family carers provide. They are the base that any new National Care Service must build upon. Both the NHS and Social Services rely heavily upon families shouldering the main burden of care now, and will do even more so in the future.

The most glaringly obvious omission in the White Paper is the lack of direct financial support and funding, for the carers who are unable to continue in or take up employment due to the amount of care they are required to provide. Future funding for care cannot and must not be looked at in isolation away from these carers. Therefore we believe that the proposals, having omitted to address one of the most vital of issues will fail to produce an overall longterm workable solution.  

 Andy Burnham mentions a fair and decent society (1), yet we live in a society where the government, and other main parties, exploit the Love and care provided by families, year in, year out. If we support family carers early enough, both financially and practically with services, many future elderly people will still be cared for at home, and therefore, may not need residential care. Preventative measures are a necessity. Whether an elderly person is disabled/ill health, due to the many various illnesses’, the one common thread running through many of them is family support. 

It is foolhardy to attempt create something new, without using all the pieces of the jigsaw, and the central piece has to be family carers. They provide the core strength, and are the strong foundation that keeps this country on its feet. Until all parties recognise that as fact, their policies will always be weak and unsustainable.

No one even comes close to walking in Sir William Beveridges’ shoes (1). We need someone with a truly bold vision, which will fully recognise the input from family carers. They must be placed at the heart of any new system.

Whilst all these debates take place about funding for the future, the current system is breaking apart. Assessments for care packages can take months, from commencement to completion, respite is getting less as many residential homes are being closed, eligibility criteria is being tightened and money allocated by government to PCTS for carers breaks not being used for that intention. Day placements are being reduced, local authorities are struggling now with budgets, and cutbacks are reported daily. Undue pressures are being placed on family carers. They need action now.

Carer Watch stand by our statement made in our response to the Green Paper for Social care (2), wherein we believe that the government has failed to present real solutions for real problems. Also the other main Parties have to date not been able to propose any new improved solutions. 

We also still believe that the Green/White Papers for Social Care should have been looked at alongside the Welfare Reform Bill

We would ask the government, and all political parties,….

if you value family carers so much, why have you given them NOTHING ?


1.      Guardian article 

2.      Carer Watch response to the Green Paper for Social Care.                                             

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Response here :

Building a National Care Service

Andy Burnham

Now more than ever, Britain needs an invigorating election campaign that takes politics back to what it should be – a clash of ideas, a choice of values. In these pages on Saturday John Harris suggested that Labour’s “dysfunctional relationship with its past”, and a battle between old and new Labour, is standing in the way of a bold approach.

Read in full here

Cathy Newman Ch4
Social care for all – BUT do the sums add up

Carers UK
White Paper sets out ‘clear and ambitious vision’ for care

Tories and Libdems unimpressed with care White paper
The Tories and Liberal Democrats have rejected significant elements of Labour’s plans to reform adult social care, outlined in today’s White Paper.

Independent Minds
Social care needs a rational and fair system of funding

Social care plans blasted in editorials
All the best UK editorials, all in one place.

Providers attack White Paper
Care providers have emerged as the harshest critics of the care White Paper, amid support from other groups for the reform plan launched yesterday by health secretary Andy Burnham.

Private care home provider Barchester Healthcare and not-for-profit care and housing provider Anchor Trust slammed ministers for failing to spell out how care should be funded in future and referring the issue to an independent commission instead.

Norfolk charity workers question proposed social care system reforms
Charities and care workers in Norfolk have questioned whether major reforms proposed for the country’s social care system are really capable of “doing the trick”.

Dan Parton Adult social care White Paper: good points but short on funding detail
Also from Dan White Paper reflections

Jackie on the Move
White Paper on Future Funding of Social Care

Parkinsons Disease Society response to White Paper
We have today welcomed the publication of the Adult Social Care White Paper

Gordon Connochie Joint Policy and Parliamentary Officer at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
What price would you pay for care and support?

Mature Times
Why the govt’s White Paper is a joke

Times Online
Social care: this is election window dressing

UNISON response to social care White Paper
UNISON, the UK’s leading pubic sector trade union, today welcomed the greater emphasis placed on quality of care, and the aspiration to make care free at the point of delivery, set out in the social care White Paper.

However, the union warned that cuts taking place in adult social care departments across the country, will undermine any efforts to improve services.

Ambitious White Paper On Social Care Is Welcome But Leaves Many Grey Areas, Says King’s Fund
‘However, the White Paper leaves a number of key questions unanswered. What level of need will be covered?

6 Responses to “Social Care – White Paper”

  1. carerwatch Says:

    ‘The Long and Winding Road’

  2. carerwatch Says:

    The debate about care costs ( Malcolm Payne’s blog )

  3. Dave Says:

    Care and Support White Paper:
    LGA briefing

  4. carerwatch Says:

    What does the National Care Service mean for Carers

  5. carerwatch Says:

    Lib Dems would push for care settlement in hung parliament.

  6. carerwatch Says:

    Thousands face paying more for home care

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