Twenty residential care providers are today attending a summit hosted by Labour in Westminster, to discuss the growing crisis in England’s residential care system.
Organisations attending the summit include small and large charity, not-for-profit and private residential care providers, as well as the national representative bodies – the National Care Forum and English Community Care Association.
Labour has called the summit as cross-party talks on funding social care take place, in the run up to the Government's White Paper on Social Care, to ensure the discussions are informed by the views and concerns of care home providers.
Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, said:
"There is a growing crisis in England's care homes.
"More than £1.3 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people’s social care since the Government came to power.
"Care home providers say some councils are now paying insufficient amounts to meet the true costs of care. This is affecting staff conditions, quality and the long-term investment the sector needs.
"There are also reports of care providers having to put up prices for private payers in order to make up the shortfall from council funding, charities being forced to use up their reserves to ‘top-up’ council fees, and some providers having to exit the market altogether.
"The pressures being faced by England's care homes must be recognised and addressed as a matter of urgency. Labour is determined to play our part in ensuring a better, fairer system for funding social care through the cross party talks that are now under way."