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House of Lords Meeting - The Crisis of Social Care

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Join us in this House of Lords meeting hosted by Baroness Altmann where we discuss the crisis in social care facing the UK

Many organisations have highlighted the crisis we are facing in social care and some think local authorities are at a tipping point in being able to cope. Indeed according to Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association. “We are now beyond the crisis point. We really are at the edge of the cliff now.”

Residential care homes are closing at an unprecedented rate, hospitals are log jammed with elderly patients with nowhere to go; in the community, local authority cuts are leaving more than a million people desperately in need of more assistance in their homes.

And we are living with an ageing population that will make then problem worse and affect us all.

This meeting will discuss this crisis and what can be done about it.

The meeting will be hosted by Baroness Altmann. Who is a British peer, leading UK pensions expert, and political campaigner. She was appointed to the House of Lords following the 2015 general election as a Conservative, but describes her work both before and after the election as being politically independent, "championing ... people." Between 2015 and 2016 she was Minister of State for Pensions

Rachael Maskell is Labour and Co-operative MP for York Central and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Older People and Ageing. She has today criticised the Government for failing to uphold the basic rights of elderly patients within the National Health Service. She believes that

“Older people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, not just in the health service but in other areas too, such as social care and housing, and this needs to be enshrined at a regulatory level.”

We also will have two case studies of how the crisis of social care is being tackled in the community.

Sarah Bird is the CEO of Timebanking UK and has over 12 years of experience within the timebanking field, having originally set up and run a time bank, to becoming a consultant and project manager within TBUK. Sarah continues to develop partnerships and networks across the country with the vision of co-produced timebanking being present in every town and city in the country. Time Banking has been one effective way of tackling some of the issues of social care.

Dr Phil McEvoy is the Managing Director of Six Degrees , a Community Interest Company that works with those suffering from dementia. Through “empowered conversations” they have been able to help many of those experiencing this and realise it is a model that can be rolled out to others requiring social care. They are also an example as is Time Bank of the need to involve a host of community organisations working with the state to solve one of the major problems of our age – the crisis in social care.

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