Archbishops label social care failings a ‘sin’

Failings across the social care sector have been labelled a ‘sin’ in a recent report titled ‘Care and Support Reimagined: a National Care Covenant for England’.

The report arrives as part of an initiative to reform care in the UK, led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Commenting on the report, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said it offers an opportunity to “rise to the challenge of fixing our broken social care system”.

“Jesus Christ offers every human being life in all its fullness, and so we must broaden our understanding of care and support as the means by which everyone, regardless of age or ability, can experience abundant life,” he added.

Equal access to care is at the core of the report, which emphasises the need for a “collaborative effort” towards fixing social care.

To ignore the issue, however, would be “collective sin”, says Welby. 

Rooted in 18 months of research into the UK care system, including interviews with unpaid carers, service users, care workers and industry leaders, the report calls for a new approach to how social care is funded.

Raising taxes is suggested as the first step to helping improve the system – however, it is noted that this could cost an extra £15bn a year. 

In response to this preposition, the government said it was “working with a range of stakeholders on how best to improve adult social care”. We are expected to hear updates on how this will be implemented come spring 2023. 

Unison head of social care Gavin Edwards, adds: “A new radical approach for social care is long overdue. The current fragmented and privatised system is unfit to meet the needs of everyone who relies upon it.

“What’s urgently required is a national care service that’s fully funded, pays staff a fair wage and delivers world-class support.

“This demands a bold approach from government, not yet another bodged ‘repair’ job. Ministers must show the political will needed to mend the broken system.”

Social Personnel supports the Archbishops’ commission on reimagining England’s social care system and hopes to see progress in the sector over the coming months. 

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