This is the online toolkit to help you to contact your local MP to generate support for the recommendations that our members hope to see in the forthcoming Social Care Green Paper:
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We hope you will support Later Life Ambitions to influence the Green Paper. This is a hugely important piece of Government policy which will have an impact on our members and their families for years to come.
If you would like a hard copy of the toolkit, please contact your local group or branch, or contact your organisation’s head office.
If you would like any more information about contacting your local candidates, please contact Tristan Westgate on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tristan on 020 7592 9592.
You can copy and paste the text below for use in an email to your local MP. To copy and paste:
Dear [insert name of MP]
I live in the [name] constituency and am writing to you about the forthcoming Social Care Green Paper and the key recommendations that should be included to ensure that the views of older people are taken into account.
I am a member of the Later Life Ambitions campaign, which represents over a quarter of a million pensioners through three partner organisations: the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers.
The social care system is facing a crisis, and in order to develop a suitable set of solutions it is important that the views of older people are used to inform the development of the green paper.
As my MP, I would like you to represent the following recommendations:
1. It is crucial that all political parties work together to ensure that a long-term solution is found.
A cross-party working group should be established to take the politics out of social care and agree a consistent, long-term way forward.
2. The government should introduce a cap of £35,000 on personal contributions to care, at which point the
state will cover ongoing care costs.
Long-term, intensive social care for older people can swallow up huge amounts of money, and is a considerable cost burden causing financial difficulty for many individuals and their families. It must be controlled.
3. Create a dedicated ring-fenced tax to fund social care services
There are significant costs to providing social care, and in order to ensure that the necessary funding remains available, a dedicated tax should be introduced.
4. Adult social care spending needs to rise as a proportion of total public expenditure
Care services require the government to commit to increased levels of funding over the short, medium and long term.
The Chancellor’s commitment in the Spring Budget 2017 to provide an additional £2bn for social care over the next three years is welcome, but falls short of the amount required to close the social care funding gap.
5. Clear measures to reduce the complexity of the social care process
LLA members describe their experiences of the social care system as overly complex and even daunting. In order to make the system less difficult to navigate, advice that is available needs to be made more concise and easily accessible.
We agree with the findings of the Dilnot Commission, which argued that the complexity of the funding system is part of the reason that people do not plan for their care. It highlighted that improving the availability of information and advice on social care is the most effective step towards resolving this.
6. Health and social care services should work more closely to relieve the financial burden on the NHS and ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care.
The difficulties faced by the care sector are often increased due to the gaps between health and social care, and closer working will support the NHS to operate more efficiently.
As my MP, I would like you to represent my views on these issues, and to work to give older people an ambitious later life.
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