An older woman at home with her care provider. The chief executive of Care England said ageism in the social care system is ‘outrageous’ [Image: FredFroese/Getty Images].

In a Conservative Britain, the catchphrase is “Everyone for themselves” – so we should all understand perfectly well why they couldn’t give a flying fig for social care.

The strategy here is to starve any care service by pushing responsibility for it entirely onto local authorities and then starving them of the Aggregate External Finance funding – grant money from central government – that they need, in order to provide it.

There will be no vision setting out what social care is, and no indication of what the public should expect. Tories don’t care about that.

As far as they’re concerned, there is no profit in it. So they aren’t interested.

The head of the organisation that represents adult care providers in England has accused the government of abdicating responsibility for social care and claimed that ageism is affecting treatment of the elderly.

Speaking to the Guardian, Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England, warned the care home sector is at a tipping point and accused the government of lacking leadership on the issue.

“The government is abdicating responsibilities for social care to local authorities,” he said. “I think it owes more to the protection of vulnerable politicians than it does to the protection of vulnerable adults. My view is that if you ask me who is to blame it is the government. The government should be delivering a very clear vision for what social care is, they should be giving clear expectations to citizens about what they should expect from the system and what they should expect to pay for and none of that is happening.”

Source: Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers | Society | The Guardian

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