Methodist Homes (MHA), one of the UK’s largest charity providers of social care, providing accommodation, care and support services for more than 18,000 older people throughout Britain has today (20 November) published key manifesto asks of all major parties ahead of the December 12 General Election.

A frontline provider of services for over 75 years and with one of the highest quality ratings in the sector, MHA has witnessed big changes in the way care for older people is delivered and funded. Over the years technological advancements have led to increased efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care – but ongoing cuts and increasing demand for care has led to social care being in a state of crisis. The ‘5 Calls to Help People to Live Later Life Well’ makes recommendations covering the areas of; investment, integration of services, workforce, tackling loneliness and an advocate for older people.

With an ageing population, demand for care increasing among working-age adults, relentless cuts to local authority budgets and a workforce under immense pressure, there is an urgent need for Government action.

MHA Chief Executive Sam Monaghan commented “The next Government ,whatever the political colour, must find a long-term solution. Yearly injections of cash which hardly cover stabilising the current system do not allow services to plan for the future or improve the quality of care they provide. Negotiating a sustainable funding programme is essential; however, this alone will not fix the structural challenges in social care, and funding must support an ambitious strategy for reform, the next Government must face the challenges head on.

“In this manifesto, we use our extensive experience working to enable people to live later life well across the country to inform what we believe the next Government needs to do so that millions of older people can access support and care when they need it.”

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