Stand up for older people in your community
Local authorities across England are facing the human cost of the growing crisis in care. With an ageing population, we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.
After a lifetime of contributing to society, over a million older people are being left without the support they need for activities like washing, dressing, and getting out of bed.
Free personal care would ensure that everyone gets the care that they need free at the point of use, like the NHS, providing a long term solution to the care crisis. We have lots of research and resources on this issue, outlining the case for free personal care and how councillors can help. You can find out more in our information pack for councillors
You can play your part in bringing about positive change that will improve the lives of millions of older people by signing the Independent Age pledge, and committing to passing a simple council motion calling on the government to introduce free personal care in England.
Click here to read the council motion
The Council notes that over a million older people in England are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.
The Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wipe out a lifetime of savings, and force families to sell their homes.
The Council also believes that England’s care system needs major reform to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution and to make care free at the point of use.
The Council therefore supports Independent Age’s call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England, alongside a new social care contribution to fully fund the policy on a sustainable basis.
The Council calls on the Government to take the necessary steps to implement this policy as swiftly as possible to end the care crisis and properly support older people in X local authority.
The Council also calls on our local MP(s) to support the campaign for free personal care, and to speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons and through their wider engagements.