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Were calling for urgent social care funding

We’ve joined more than 100 charities and professional groups calling on the Government to urgently address the social care crisis in the UK.

The Government’s investment in social care has fallen by a third over the past five years – that’s £1.6 billion. This has left more than one million people unable to get the care they need.

In a letter published in the Sunday Times today, we’re urging the Government to make sure that the upcoming Autumn Statement prioritises social care funding.

A system at breaking point

The letter highlights that social care services have been increasingly unable to provide for "ill, older and disabled people”.

This call for more funding follows a series of warnings that the social care sector is at breaking point.

Delayed hospital discharge rates are now at record-breaking highs and social care delays are costing the NHS up to £300 million a year. This is putting huge stress on health and care staff. And those who fund their own care are paying the price for a failing care market.

In our letter, we’re asking for immediate funding to stabilise the current system and real measures to create sustainable funding for the future.

Impact on people with MS

Our own research shows that more than a third (35%) of people with MS in England need social care. But almost one in ten (9%) don’t get the social care they say they need.

And worryingly, 12% of those who need frequent or constant assistance don’t receive any social care at all.

Michelle Mitchell, our Chief Executive, said: “People with MS and their families are among those bearing the brunt of Government inaction. Shrinking social care budgets are leaving thousands without the support they need to live independent and dignified lives. Families and carers, who play a critical role in supporting people with MS, are also being hit hard.

“The Government needs to heed repeated warnings – proper funding for social care is the only way to turn this crisis around so that more people won’t be denied the vital support they need, and further pressures aren’t put on the NHS.”