Independent Care Group calls on government to end years of social care neglect

The chairman of an Independent Care group in Yorkshire says the Government needs to invest in long term funding for adult social care, amid fears that the country could be heading into a second wave of coronavirus, Ruth Dacey reports.

While welcoming the Government’s announcement last week that care homes in England will receive extra funding of £546m to try to reduce transmission of coronavirus during the winter, Mike Padgham, the chairman for the Independent Care group for York and North Yorkshire, stressed more needed to be done for the long term future of adult social care.

The money allocated to care homes will help to pay workers full wages when they are self-isolating, and ensures carers only work in one care home, reducing the spread of the virus. The fund was set up in May and has been extended until March 2021.

Mr Padgham told The Yorkshire Post: “The extra funding was a good start but local authorities are still short of money – and they need extra resources – if they need to purchase more care in the community, they need more funds to do that because they are at breaking point.