Today, adult social care leaders have come together to provide a collective vision of what should be in a workforce strategy for social care.
Mencap responds to adult social care leaders' "Priorities for a workforce strategy people plan":
Angela Buxton, Executive Director of People at the learning disability charity Mencap, said:
“Care workers have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic, risking their lives to keep the people we love safe and well. Care work is highly-skilled, with hard-working carers carrying out duties like administrating medication, following complex care plans and, in some cases, saving lives. They deserve better pay, better training opportunities and better career progression.
“Unless the Government acts now, we will see more dedicated carers leave the profession, and older and disabled people and their carers left without the support they need. This important workforce strategy sets out how the Government can reform social care and its workforce so that it is fit for the 21st century. Care workers are the foundation of a high-quality social care system. The Government’s reforms must include a workforce review and significant funding to improve care worker pay if we are to fix this social care crisis once and for all.”
Read the "Priorities for a workforce strategy people plan" online here.
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Notes to editors:
1. Mencap is calling for:
- a clear plan for supporting the whole care market, including services for work-aged disabled adults which currently make up around half of the total social care budget
- additional funding to meet current demand for support and stabilise the sector
- a road map towards the Government's plans for social care reform, including a long-term funding solution, fairer access to services and support and workforce reform
- Social care reform and long-term funding must cover a range of services and support that people with a learning disability need beyond personal care to enable them to lead independent and fulfilling lives in their community.
The social care sector needs at least £7 billion investment a year in social care in England by 2023/24, according to the Health and Social Care Committee. While the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services’ latest Budget Survey revealed that there is a growing hole in local authorities budgets for services supporting people with a learning disability – up to £240m in 2021/22 from £200m in 2020/21 and £180m in 2019/20.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to local councils in England facing at least a £6.6bn increase in social care costs up to the end of September, according to the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services.
There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want: www.mencap.org.uk
For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (10am-3pm, Monday-Friday) or email email@example.com.
What is a learning disability?
- A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;
- Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’;
- People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.