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Twitter campaign to put social care on government agenda

Age UK has launched a Twitter campaign in a bid to get social care ‘trending’ on the microblogging service ahead of tomorrow’s (9 May 2012) Queen’s Speech.

8 May 2012

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The charity is concerned that the government will “kick reform into the long grass” so is encouraging people to tweet their support for new care laws with the hashtag #CareCantWait to the prime minister’s twitter feed @Number10gov.

“We want social care to trend on Twitter again so the government cannot ignore this important issue. If we can get this trending nationally, we can show that the government cannot afford to leave social care out of their plans for the year,” said a spokeswoman for Age UK, according to carehome.co.uk.

“If the government is serious about reforming the care system so that it works for those people who rely on it, the Queen’s Speech must include new legislation on care. Otherwise, older and disabled people will have to wait another 18 months before legal change can be made.”

Campaigners fear the government has been getting cold feet about the reform of the provision of care for the elderly. A White Paper setting out new plans, including how care will be funded in the future, was due by Easter. Ministers say it is now due to be released in the summer.

Supporters are also concerned that plans will fall short of the radical reform originally promised. In an open letter to the prime minister published yesterday in the Daily Mail, a coalition of 78 charities and campaign groups urged the government to act. “There is widespread support for reform... that is why we are calling on you to take forward social care reform as your personal mission, your legacy to future generations,” says the letter. “Without this leadership, we fear the fundamental and lasting change needed cannot be delivered.”

Proponents of reform have ramped up their efforts of late. Over 125,000 people recently signed Age UK’s petition calling for reform and more than 1,000 travelled to parliament in March to lobby their MPs for reform of the system.

For the full open letter on social care reform see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140974/Elderly-care-crisis-Davi...

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