The Social Care System

The constant media attention criticising the UK government in its handling of long term care, means that the issue continues to be at the forefront of discussion.
Many say that the problem isn’t being dealt with the way it should be, as funding for elderly care continues to be a huge issue for the state and most people (and their families) seeking long term care. However if there is a continual lack of responsibility to address how the state can help adequately fund long term care, the issue will probably not improve. With the ever-weakening economy, the problem has become unmanageable to a large degree, which is why this issue still exists amongst many local authorities and councils in the UK.
Since the coalition government has come to power, a percentage of social care funding has been cut, resulting in a large portion of elderly people not able to receive the care that they need, as the price of specialist support and long term care continues to rise.
Although promises were made by the government that an extra A�2bn would be provided to councils to spend on care homes for elderly people, this has not been carried out, resulting in a recent survey showing that the public feels not enough is being done by the government to help subsidise care.
Government figures show that the annual council budget to help with over 65s is short by A�1.3bn in the 2010 – 2011 year, as a result of cutbacks in nursing homes and specialist support for the elderly. Compared with the A�7.6bn spent in the 2009 – 2010 year by councils for social care for the elderly, this year’s spending was just A�6.3bn – a 17% reduction.
The state has not done enough to ensure the continued stability of social care systems for the elderly, as the government refuses to adequately fund companies that provide social care for the elderly. These companies are fundamental to the delivery of long term care for the elderly and should be stabilised and funded adequately to provide the support that the aging population needs.
This fact was further illustrated by the company Southern Cross, which has over 30 care homes in Wales and operates over 700 care homes in the UK, housing mainly the elderly. Southern Cross was refused a bailout by the Welsh government and as a result, was unable to meet its rental costs and was forced to shut down few months later.
The elderly, their careers, and their families will continue to endure more hard times, as reduction in services and support continues to be restricted to those in critical need. These cuts will cost more in the long run, as the elderly who could have remained healthy and independent in their own homes must go into hospital, thus costing the state more money.