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End the Social Care Crisis Conference
10th October 2020 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10 – 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Join us to hear from a range of speakers discussing the crisis in social care and other services. Learn how Covid exposed the shocking state of healthcare, social care and supported living, and find out more about our proposal for a National Care Support and Independent Living Service.
John McDonnell MP
Jan Shortt General Secretary, National Pensioners Convention
Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Sandra Daniels and Bob Williams-Findlay, disability rights activists
Heather Wakefield, ex-Unison and Women’s Budget Group
Rachel Harrison, GMB Public Services National Officer
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The pandemic has exposed the neglect, injustice and exclusion in our Social Care system. Lives have been casually devalued. Large, often remote residential units or chains, designed to max profit rather than provide what people need and want have heightened risk; while what fragmented, severely rationed support at home remains after wholesale privatisation and 50 % cuts to Local Authority budgets falls dangerously short of meeting even basic needs.
We believe in a radical reform of social care provision in Britain.
This means we support the demand for a national care service that incorporates ‘care, support & and that includes support for independent living as a principle. We’re working towards a National Care, Support & Independent Living Service.
This would necessarily have to be:
- Publicly funded, free at the point of use
- Publicly provided, not for profit
- Nationally mandated but designed and delivered locally
- Co-produced with service users and democratically accountable
- Underpinned by staff whose pay and conditions reflect true value & skills
- Meet the needs of informal carers
- Include the Setting up an independent living task force
This event is hosted by Keep Our NHS Public and The Socialist Health Association and supported by Reclaim Social Care, Health Campaigns Together, GMB, National Pensioners Convention, Reclaim Our Futures Alliance of Disabled People’s Organisations.