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Labour will head off the social care crisis

Labour today announced plans to head off the social care crisis through introducing free personal care and increasing the number of care packages provided to working age adults and older people each year.

New Labour Party research has also revealed that since April 2017, over 9,200 people have approached their local authority for help to pay for their social care, after running out of money.

Labour’s National Care Service will provide publicly funded care to all those that need it.

The next Labour government will:

• Introduce free personal care for older people

• Fund social care properly with £10 billion of additional funding by 2023/24

• Cap care costs

• Reform provision of care by ensuring care providers meet ethical standards of care

• Support the care workforce better to ensure people receive support from trained staff

New Labour research reveals that:

• 9,290 people have approached their local authority for help with their social care costs after running out of money to pay for it themselves – called ‘self-funders with depleted funds’ – since April 2017.

• 5,385 people – almost 15 a day - approached their local authority for help in 2018/19, an increase of 38% on the previous year.

• Based on the average cost of a home care package being £16 an hour and the average recipient of free personal care in Scotland receiving 8.8 hours of free personal care a week, free personal care will save older people £7,321 a year, drastically reducing the number of people depleting their savings to pay for their care.

We have a social care crisis on our hands, created by the Tories, but Labour believes everyone should have the right to live with dignity. Labour’s plans will more than double the number of people receiving state-funded care and reduce the number of people facing catastrophic costs for their care.

Free personal care will ensure people with dementia receive the same care as those with other conditions, reduce the burden on unpaid carers and benefit the NHS by reducing delayed transfers of care from hospital and admissions to care homes and hospitals.

Boris Johnson’s Tory manifesto ignored the social care crisis.

It’s time for real change, it’s time for a Labour government.

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