PM needs to deliver not dither on social care reform
8 May 2012
damning letter to the Prime Minister in the Daily Mail this
morning, we and 84 other charities and organisations demanded he
show leadership on social care.
The Prime Minister needs to deliver not dither on social care reform - for people living with Parkinson's now and for future generations to come
Steve Ford, our chief executive
We urged David Cameron to make reform of the care system in
England his personal mission.
Social care - a sorry tale
We know many people with Parkinson's
have to sell their homes to meet the huge costs of residential
Many also find that more councils are increasing charges for
services that should help people stay in their own homes, such as
meals on wheels.
We also know many people struggle on alone, as they are told
that they aren't in enough need to qualify for help from social
We want the Government to do something about social care now but
so far it's been a sorry tale of dither and delay.
Meanwhile, millions of people across the UK continue to face the
uncertainty of whether or not they can afford care as they grow
Vision and courage
Today's letter was printed in the Daily Mail addressed to
David Cameron, co-signed by our chief executive Steve Ford. Part of
the letter says:
"Whilst we know decisions, particularly, on the funding of care,
will be difficult, they must be made now.
"We want disabled and older people and their families to be able
to live without fear of what tomorrow might bring. We are asking
you as Prime Minister to show vision and courage to make this a
Ramping up the pressure on the Prime Minister
Help us put pressure on the Prime Minister to make care reform his mission.
Steve commented this morning:
"So many people affected by Parkinson's tell us about their
worries for the future. But it's not just their health. They also
worry about how they will be able to get the care they need and how
they and their families will fund it.
"The Prime Minister needs to deliver not dither on social care
reform - for people living with Parkinson's now and for future
generations to come."
As part of a coalition of charities called the Care and Support
Alliance, we're ramping up the pressure on the Prime Minister.
You can join in too. Help us put pressure on the Prime Minister
to make care reform his mission.
How you can help
If you're on Twitter, call for urgent
action on the care crisis by tweeting the PM at @Number10gov with
the message #CareCantWait.
Or you can
use our simple form to ask your MP to put the pressure on PM
for urgent social care reform.