• Commit to further measures of support for the adult social care sector beyond the 31 March 2023 deadline of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme.
• The Government must immediately commit to Government funding increases to reprimand the current approximated £7bn funding gap.
• The introduction of a fully funded, ten-year workforce plan akin to that of the NHS, where career progression, pay and rewards are identified.
Martin Green continues:
“The Chancellor understands the scale of the issues facing the adult social care sector following his time as both Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care and as Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. Now is the time to instigate real change and shift the focus towards a sustainable future for the adult social care sector, which, represents 6% of total employment and contributes in excess of £50bn per annum to the economy in England. The wellbeing of the sector is fundamentally intertwined with the sustainability of the UK economy. As Departmental spending is reviewed amid challenging economic circumstances, with the focus on trying to resolve the problems within the NHS, the social care sector continues to be seemingly overlooked. The adult social care sector is fundamental to national infrastructure, by enabling meaningful lives for thousands of older people and working-age adults with disabilities, and also in supporting both the NHS and the UK economy as a whole.”