The Lancashire Labour Group are calling for cross party agreement that would see Lancashire County Council support “Independent Age’s” call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England. To be fully fund by the government.
The Labour Group recognises that older people in Lancashire are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.
Social care refers to the care and support many older people receive to help them with activities of daily living they are having difficulty managing. This care can be delivered in various settings at home, in a care or nursing home.
Personal care describes the support a person receives for everyday activities include getting in and out of bed, going to the toilet and having a bath or shower, getting dressed or preparing a meal.
Cllr John Fillis, Deputy Labour Leader said “There has been a chronic underfunding of the social care system in Lancashire that has exposed many of our older vulnerable people to costs they never considered. Wiping out a lifetime of savings, and force families to sell their homes.”
“Basically the Conservative Government is not giving local authorities enough money to deliver the quality of social care service, which older people deserve. This divide between health and social care has enabled the government to cut without consideration the support that older people need. As a former nurse we took care of the person to provide them with a dignified quality of life.”
“We have already seen the council in Lancashire increasing cost in home and residential care by 15% this year. As well as cutting support services to the elderly right across the board. It’s important that we stand together on this and call upon the government to drop its austerity and do the right thing, by enabling older people to be respected and supported in living a dignified life.