Age UK and College of Social Work survey adds to social care funding debate

3rd December 2012

A joint survey by Age UK and College of Social Work, published today (3 December), is the latest report to expose the impact of budget cuts on care of the elderly.

The survey of 200 social workers comes as, according to Age UK figures, spending on older people’s social care has decreased, despite a significant increase in the over 85s, the group most likely in need of social care.

A report, The Business Care for Social Work with Adults, is being presented at a joint parliamentary briefing with Age UK on Tuesday 4th December. The report proposes that investing in social work promotes the care and dignity of clients and is a cost effective way of meeting the growing need for care, particularly for the elderly.

The social workers who participated in the survey reported that funding pressures were jeopardising the care available to older people and the quality of care received.

Commenting on the survey, Trevor Brocklebank of Home Instead said, “Well done to Age UK and College of Social Work for commissioning this survey. There are, sadly, no surprises in the survey which paints a picture of vulnerable people suffering and their dignity compromised.

“Social workers are clearly concerned about the impact cuts are having with two-thirds of respondents having less time with their clients.

“This particular aspect is of concern for us as at Home Instead as we know that you need quality time to care for elderly people with dignity.”

Age UK are calling on the government to recognise and close the funding gap and to build on the reforms set out in the White Paper.

Home Instead has called on the government to review the way in which contracts are operated by many local authorities.