'All of this will have increased the responsibilities of unpaid family carers and created many more of them – Carers UK estimates there are 4.5 million people new to caring since the start of the pandemic, 2.8 million of whom are juggling work and care.'
#COVID19 has shone an uncompromising light on #socialcare. As it emerges slowly into a new normal, fearful of a second wave while trying to make sense of the first, our new analysis describes how the pandemic has magnified the sector's problems
'Covid-19 highlighted the inadequate workforce pay and conditions experienced by social care staff, though it has not as yet brought any improvement in them.'
'The first months of the Covid-19 pandemic have demonstrated that a consequence of social care’s hugely diverse, independent provision... is a paucity of quality and timely service data and intelligence.'
'It is also likely that many people did not even ask for support for the same reasons they did not go to accident and emergency – reluctance to use services and, perhaps, concern about adding to the huge existing pressure on the system.'
'Covid-19 will also have affected the level of unmet need for social care, though the picture is a complicated one, with the pandemic both increasing need but also helping to identify it...'
The pandemic has shone an uncompromising light on the social care sector. explores how Covid-19 has exacerbated pre-existing challenges
'Social care is still on a different plane (it sometimes feels like a different planet) to the NHS because access involves means testing rather than services free at the point of need.'
'Leaders must somehow find a balance between expressing understandable outrage at what has happened to social care during Covid-19 and working with a government which has an 80-seat majority... and a stated intention to bring about long-awaited reform.'