The findings of a survey of social workers provide evidence of how the social care system in England is declining.
The survey of 469 social workers by Community Care Magazine, supported by the Care and Support Alliance, reveals the extent of the effect of social care funding cuts.
The responses from across England showed that:
- Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) felt expected to reduce care packages because of cost pressures in their local authority
- More than 1 in 3 (37%) said they believed they couldn’t get people the care they needed
- More than 1 in 4 (28%) were not confident that the reduced care packages they had to administer were ‘fair and safe’
- 4 in 5 respondents (81%) said family and friends are being expected to provide more support to ‘fill in’ where care has been reduced.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, responded to the survey findings by saying: “It’s incredibly sad to hear that social care staff – despite efforts to secure enough care for vulnerable people – are feeling frustrated and helpless, battling a system preoccupied with saving money.
“What we cannot forget is the human price of this bargain-basement care system. People with dementia are at the mercy of a system on its knees. In the upcoming budget, it’s vital that the government urgently plugs the cavernous hole in funding, and ends the needless suffering of people with dementia.”