Laura Sharman 18 June 2021

Two million requests for care have been rejected in past two years

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Two million requests for care have been turned down by local councils since the Prime Minister pledged to 'fix social care', new research has revealed today.

New analysis for the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) shows two million formal requests for care and support from adults aged over 18 have been rejected in the past two years - the equivalent of 3,000 every day.

The findings have been published on the same day as 50 organisations have written to Boris Johnson calling on him to keep the promise he made when he entered office to ‘fix social care’.

Caroline Abrahams, co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance and charity director of Age UK, said: 'The fact that two million requests for care have been turned down by local councils over the last two years or so is mind-blowing.

'Although this enormous group of our fellow citizens will no doubt demonstrate many different needs, some care will have been essential for all of them to live well and with dignity. Without it, their lives will have been diminished in quality and sometimes quantity too, with huge pressure placed on families and friends to try to compensate for the absence of properly funded support. We can’t go on like this, it is simply too unfair on everyone involved.

She added: 'As charities and not for profits that see the positive difference good social care makes to people, and the misery and distress caused when it’s not there, our message to the Prime Minister is simple: it’s time for you and your Government to deliver on the promise you have made.'

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