Residents of Jewish Care marched with over 1,000 people in the Crisis in Care lobby at the Houses of Parliament to voice their concerns on older people’s social care.
Local resident of Rubens House, Finchley, Sadie Simmons (82) said, “Jewish Care provides me with great support but I am very concerned about what happens to my daughter and son-in-law, who are in their 60’s. What will happen to them when they need care? I want to make sure we make the government aware that we need their continued support.”
Simon Morris, chief executive of Jewish Care said, “Central Government funding to local authorities has been significantly reduced and as a result local authorities have reduced their spending on older people’s social care by £671 million.”
“With many people in our community facing difficulty in accessing care due to financial constraints we wanted to draw attention of the plight of older people by attending the mass lobby at the Houses of Parliament.
“Much of the cost of providing support to our Jewish community comes from the local authorities but we have to make up the shortfall through fundraising. By bringing this to the attention of the decision makers in Westminster, we hope that the government commits to closing the funding gap in social care and ensures funding continues to increase with future growing demand.”