A survey of all parties, carried out by the charity Independent Age, has found that over 80 per cent of MPs believe the funding for social care in the UK is ‘insufficient’. 86 per cent of MPs believe a cross-party consensus is needed for a lasting settlement on health and social care, and 90 per cent say the current social care system is ‘unfit for purpose’.
Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, has said: –
“To meet current and future demand, we need to take a radically different approach, recognising the status quo has failed. The Government has promised a consultation on social care, but to work this must set out a long-term vision for health and care that has support from across the political divide. It must also lead to a lasting settlement that better integrates health and social care services and is sustainable over the years to come.”
Significant concerns were expressed by MPs about the current state of social care in their constituencies only months after social care featured as a leading concern for voters in the snap General Election.