‘Our so­cial care is in cri­sis’

Sefton Coun­cil pleads for ur­gent £25m life­line to end ‘un­fair’ and ‘un­just’ un­der­fund­ing

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SO­CIAL care in Sefton is ‘in cri­sis’ say coun­cil lead­ers who are call­ing for an ur­gent £25m life­line from the Gov­ern­ment to pre­vent the bor­ough’s most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from be­ing failed.

Sefton chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­garet Car­ney warned that not do­ing so would place huge bur­dens on the NHS – and cre­ate ‘sig­nif­i­cant in­equal­i­ties be­tween those who can af­ford to pay for care and those who can’t’.

She said: “When I grow old, I want to live in my com­mu­nity, with my fam­ily, be­ing as happy and healthy as I can for as long as I can. I have that hope for all of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“With­out the help of Adult So­cial Care, that prob­a­bly isn’t go­ing to hap­pen for a lot of peo­ple.

“It is a false econ­omy to un­der-in­vest in Adult So­cial Care.

“It will lead to a greater and more com­plex de­mand in the fu­ture in­clud­ing an added bur­den on the Na­tional Health Ser­vice and sig­nif­i­cant in­equal­i­ties be­tween those who can af­ford to pay for care and those who can’t.

“This is un­fair and un­just and the Gov­ern­ment must act now.”

Sefton Coun­cil is now urg­ing mem­bers of all par­ties to have a proper con­ver­sa­tion about Adult So­cial Care.

With­out a sen­si­ble, cross-party dis­cus­sion about a sus­tain­able way for­ward, the coun­cil strongly be­lieves the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties will not re­ceive the care and sup­port that they need.

In re­sponse to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s con­sul­ta­tion on Adult So­cial Care, the coun­cil said it is ‘se­ri­ously con­cerned’.

The LGA’s green pa­per re­port pro­claims “so­cial care has de­liv­ered”. It said it can “take pride in the role it plays in sup­port­ing peo­ple’s lives” and states: “per­sonal bud­gets give peo­ple choice and con­trol over their care”.

Sefton Coun­cil is now call­ing for im­me­di­ate ac­tion and money, plac­ing em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing more in de­vel­op­ing early in­ter­ven­tion and pro­tec­tion mod­els.

It is a huge is­sue for South­port par­tic­u­larly, which boasts the big­gest pro­por­tion of over 75 year olds in Bri­tain.

Cllr Paul Cum­mins, Sefton Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care, said: “So­cial care is in cri­sis and a grown-up con­ver­sa­tion needs to hap­pen now na­tion­ally.

“We des­per­ately need more money to meet the needs of our most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to en­sure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must en­sure that peo­ple in need of care and sup­port are able to con­tinue to live the lives that they want to live.

“The Gov­ern­ment must put this mat­ter at the very heart of its think­ing now, this can­not be kicked into the long grass or we will fail the most vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The lo­cal author­ity be­lieves this will help to re­duce fu­ture de­mand on services, develop the so­cial care mar­ket, demon­strate how much the care and sup­port work­force is val­ued and, most im­por­tantly, sup­port those in need of care and their car­ers.

To do this, the coun­cil es­ti­mates that it will re­quire an im­me­di­ate fund­ing in­jec­tion of £25m over the next three years to en­sure peo­ple in need of care are sup­ported in a way that is right for them.

Sefton Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­garet Car­ney

Sefton Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­garet Car­ney; in­set, Cllr Paul Cum­mins

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