Social care and mental health
Social care can provide people with mental health problems with the practical support they need to live independent lives. It can include help with washing and dressing, with shopping, bills and appointments, or activities to rebuild confidence and skills.
But too often people with mental health problems are denied the support they need because the system is not working properly.
The Government's proposals
In 2012 the Government set out their plans to reform social care services in England and Wales in a White Paper. This was followed by a draft Bill, and Parliament is now debating the Care Bill.
As well as introducing a cap on the costs that people will have to pay towards their care, the reforms establish new principles for social care – prioritising people’s wellbeing, choice and control, and a preventative approach.
Many of the principles behind these reforms are good, but we’re concerned about three key areas. Help us camapign to change this.
What we're doing
We have been working with other mental health charities and with the Care and Support Alliance to improve the Government’s proposals since they were first set out in 2012.
Our recent briefings and responses are:
- The Care and Support Alliance Lords 2nd reading briefing
- White paper response