At Age UK we’re getting excited about the Care and Support Alliance mass lobby of Parliament happening tomorrow (6th March). We’re expecting about 1,000 people to descend upon Parliament to lobby their MPs. They want to tell their MPs know that they care about how the care and support system is failing them, their friends or relatives and to call for change.
The reason we’re lobbying is that social care is in crisis. The current system has been underfunded for decades, which means that demand for services outstrips the available care from Local Authorities. Some people face losing their homes and savings because of soaring care bills and many disabled people are unable to get the support they need to live their lives independently and be part of society.
Many families providing care are being pushed to breaking point because of a lack of support. And because there is not enough to go around services are rationed, charges are high and many people simply go without the care they need to live independently.
We are calling on the Government to make care reform a priority. In the current economic climate it will be too easy for the Government to shy away from making tough decisions about the future of social care. We need to show MPs how important it is that Government addresses the failings in the current system.
We’d love to see you tomorrow at the lobby itself. Come to Church House after 2pm to register.
Alternatively if you can’t be there in person, you can take part in our Twobby– the world’s first Twitter lobby! We’re inviting people to Tweet their MP with a question about social care and showing your support for the campaign. We’re hoping that we can get the hashtag #twobby trending so that more people than ever get behind the campaign and put pressure on the Government to reform the system. There’s loads more information here about how you get involved.
Tomorrow is a great opportunity to take action to end the care crisis. Age UK’s vision is of a system where all older people who need it receive high quality social care that enables them to live with dignity and gives them the ability to plan ahead. We hope that tomorrow will bring us one step closer to making that vision a reality.