Social Care Can’t Wait Campaign – Help get the Chancellor’s attention before the Spending Review!

As the Spending Review on 27th October approaches, find out how we can focus the Chancellor’s attention on providing sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets.

Last month we wrote to tell you about the latest stage of our campaign for social care reforms. We’re calling on the Chancellor to provide sufficient funding for councils’ social care budgets in the Spending Review on 27th October, so older people can get the care they need now. We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported the campaign so far, and we would be so grateful if you could all join us in a final push in the lead up to the spending review in two weeks’ time. You can take part by writing to your local paper and by posting about the petition on social media – some template wording can be found below.

Our campaigners have asked Rishi Sunak to be a social care hero and we’ve heard that the Chancellor and his team have noticed the campaign. But there’s still work to be done to show the Chancellor how urgent this is.

Campaigners calling on the Chancellor to be a social care hero

Here is how your Age UK can get involved:

If you have 5 minutes… Please share our petition on Social Media:

If you have time to spread the word on your social media channels there is some suggested wording below. You can also find an image for the posts and more social media templates in the Care Can’t Wait pack.

Twitter:

Help us get the Chancellor’s attention and share the petition with your followers. You can follow along to see what other people have been saying here.

Millions of older people need @RishiSunak to be a social care hero. Sign our petition and tell the Chancellor to give care the funding it needs: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait


‘Without immediate funding, the PM’s #socialcare plan will fail to fix care.

Now it’s up to @RishiSunak to show older people he cares and boost council budgets in the Spending Review.

Join our call on the Chancellor: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait #DoesRishiReallyCare


Facebook:

“For people like Mum, it’s too late. She’s given everything she’s got”.

Sharon just wants the best support for her mum. But the current Government proposals do nothing to help her. She can’t wait until 2023.

Tell Rishi Sunak to help people who need care now. Sign our petition here: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


If you have 30 minutes… Please Send a letter to the editor:

Use our template letter to the editor, to get coverage in your local paper. Many MPs read their local paper and the more we can promote the issue of funding for social care in local discourse the more pressure MPs will put on the Chancellor.


Thank you for your support!

Everything detailed in this pack can be found in the ‘Care Can’t Wait’ folder in The Box.

Care Can’t Wait Campaign Pack – How you can get involved

The campaign pack for Age UK’s Care Can’t Wait Campaign is now available! Find out how you can get involved with the campaign.

In September 2021, the Government finally announced plans for social care reform in 2023: a cap on costs, a new means test and a new health and social care tax levy to fund those sectors. While we welcome the Government breaking the deadlock on social care, we are concerned that there is nothing to help older people, carers and care workers who need better support now. Find out all about our Care Can’t Wait campaign below, including how your organisation can get involved.

The Government cannot expect older people to struggle for several more years before they receive help. They have waited long enough. We can change this by pushing the Chancellor to provide councils with significant funding for social care in the Spending review on 27th October.

This funding is required to:

  1. Provide quality and consistent care to older people
  2. Support proper breaks for carers
  3. Help providers afford fair pay for care workers

We successfully highlighted the need for the Prime Minister to keep his promise and bring forward his package of social care reforms, but now we need the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to act and prevent millions of older people and their unpaid carers struggling any longer.

Together, we can show the Chancellor that care can’t wait.

Here is how your Age UK can help:

Read on to find out how your organisation can get involved with the campaign, or click here to find all of the assets listed below in one folder.


If you have 5 minutes… Please Sign and share our petition:
Online:

Share our petition with your followers on Facebook and Twitter: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

The campaign hashtags are: #DoesRishiReallyCare and #SocialCareCantWait.

You can find an image for the posts and more social media templates in the Care Can’t Wait pack.

Twitter:

‘Millions of older people are in urgent need of support RIGHT NOW. @RishiSunak must show he cares and give social care the funding it needs. Sign our petition and tell the Chancellor #SocialCareCantWait https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


‘Without immediate funding, the PM’s #socialcare plan will fail to fix care.

Now it’s up to @RishiSunak to show older people he cares and boost council budgets in the Spending Review.

Join our call on the Chancellor: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK

#SocialCareCantWait #DoesRishiReallyCare’


Facebook:

‘The Government can only fix social care if they give local councils the funding they need to deliver quality services. Millions of older people need support now, they can’t wait another 3 years. Tell Rishi Sunak to fund social care properly NOW: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


“For people like Mum, it’s too late. She’s given everything she’s got”.

Sharon just wants the best support for her mum. But the current Government proposals do nothing to help her. She can’t wait until 2023.

Tell Rishi Sunak to help people who need care now. Sign our petition here: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/90013/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK


Offline:

You can also print and display the poster, which links to the petition, in your offices, services and shops. Encourage as many people as possible to scan the QR code with their smartphone and sign the petition. You can download the poster here.


If you have 30 minutes… Please Send a letter to the editor:

Use our template letter to the editor, to get coverage in your local paper. Many MPs read their local paper and the more we can promote the issue of funding for social care in local discourse the more pressure MPs will put on the Chancellor. 


If you have longer… Please Write to your MP:

Use the points we have highlighted in the ‘Key Messages’ document to write to your MP. Ask them to tell the Chancellor and the Treasury of the urgent need for substantial social care funding in October’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

Do you have a good relationship with your local authority? If so, consider writing jointly with them to your MP to highlight the need for extra funding in local council budgets to fund social care services. We are stronger when our voices are united.

If you would prefer a template letter for your MP, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk


Thank you for your support.

Everything detailed in this pack can be found in the ‘Care Can’t Wait’ folder in The Box.

Carers Week 2021 | “Break or Breakdown” Research

As Carers Week continues, read the latest research on carers from the Age UK Blog and download a campaign pack of resources to help you get involved.

Since the start of the pandemic, 72% of carers have not been able to have any breaks from their caring role. You can read more of the latest research on carers on the Age UK blog. We’ve also put together a pack of resources below to help you show your support for carers this Carers Week – including social media templates, a letter to the editor and more – so please do get involved if you have time.

The last year has been incredibly difficult for carers and it’s clear to all of us that they deserve more recognition and better support. Carers Week is a great chance for us to come together and make that case so please do get involved. This year will focus particularly on respite for carers, and we’ll be calling for the Government to provide much needed respite funding. The week is also a good opportunity to promote the fantastic services many of you offer to support carers in your area.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. The Friday in particular will be dedicated to older carers, so we’ve put together a letter to the editor and some social media content for use on that day. Find more detail below and resources and templates here.

What can you do?

If you have 10 minutes:

Post about carers week on your social media channels.

Carers Week is a great time to share your resources for carers, highlight your services and promote the voices of carers on your social media channels.

If you’d like template posts for your Twitter and Facebook channels during the week, we’ve put some together that you can download here.

To go alongside your posts, we’ve put together some creatives and graphics, which you can download here. We have also made graphics using our latest statistics on older carers, which will be embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June. You can download these here, but please do not share them before this date.

You can also share the official Carers Week graphics, which you can find here.

If you have 15 minutes:

Send this template letter to the editor to your local paper. You can download the letter here.

Placing a piece in your local paper about Carers Week is a great way to raise awareness for carers. We know MPs read their local papers, so this is a chance to get carers on their agenda too, whilst raising your own profile as a local charity.

We’ve drafted the letter to the editor using our latest research on older carers. Please note that it is embargoed until 00:01 Friday 11th June, so please leave the embargo on the letter when you send it and make sure the paper is aware.

Breaks campaign

The Carers Week breaks campaign is calling on the UK government to increase funding for carers’ breaks by £1.2 billion, through an additional £50/week paid directly to carers.

You can get involved by writing to your MP through the e-action on the Carers Week website, which you can find here, and asking them to raise the need for better breaks support in Parliament. Please also feel free to share this action with your service users.

You can also download the Carers Week report Breaks or Breakdown from the Carers Week website. The report looks at the lack of respite for so many carers this year. The report’s key findings are as follows, which you may want to use in press releases or on social media:

  • 72 per cent of carers have not had any breaks in the pandemic
  • Almost two thirds of carers (63 per cent) are worried about continuing to care without a break
  • Over a third of carers (35 per cent) say they feel unable to manage their caring role
  • 74% of carers are exhausted as a result of caring
  • 65% of carers feel lonely and isolated
  • 71% or carers are stressed and anxious

You can also read and share this article on the Age UK blog which considers the consequence the lack of breaks has had for carers like Elaine, and outlines what the Government needs to do to ensure carers can take proper breaks.

If you have any other questions about the actions listed above or would like support getting involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at Rhianon.Steeds@ageuk.org.uk.

Feedback on the Winter Health Campaign and Resource Packs

Following the release of the Winter Health campaign packs in November, we would love to hear your feedback on this process and how we could improve in future.

If you have time, we would love to hear your feedback on the Winter Health campaign pack and resource packs we sent out in November. This is the first year we have created a campaigns pack and attempted to send resources to all local Age UKs, rather than use order forms, and we’d like to know if this worked for you and how we could improve in the future. Please follow this link to complete this 10-question questionnaire, and if you have any further questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, thank you.