Since the launch of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into adult social care, I've been surveying my Norwich South constituents to make sure their views and opinions on this important issue can be taken into account. In my latest Norwich Evening News column, I released the results.
- Of those surveyed, only 8% responded ‘yes’ when asked if the adult social care system met their needs or the needs of adults they know.
- A disappointing 79% of respondents thought that their needs as a carer, or the needs of someone who has cared for people they know, had not been met - with just 7% saying their needs had been met adequately, and 14% saying they had partially been met.
- Three quarters of respondents do not believe local authorities receive sufficient funding from the government to provide a good level of adult social care.
These results are a damning indictment of our broken adult social care system. As we become an ageing society, we’re failing to remain a decent and fair society. We need a social care system founded along the same principles as the welfare state. Rather, at the moment we have a system where people can see tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of pounds wiped out by the costs of care. If we fail to reform this system now, unfairness will only intensify over the coming years.