The implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in 2007 coincided with the government’s concern for the UK’s army of unpaid carers.
Could this be, because carers care for the potential customers, that would feed the future private residential care industry, and, could now be processed through the newly created Court of Protection ?
In 2008, ‘Carers at the heart of21st Century families and community strategic vision’, was launched .
This vision was that,
‘Carers be respected as expert care partners and have access to the integrated and personalised services they need to support them in their caring role.’
Parents, sons/daughters, husbands/ wives are now ‘care partners’ with the state.
The love and care of a family member, the same as a stranger care worker only unpaid, and surveys show they do not like their new title.
This strategic vision was continued though two successive governments, up to the Carers Strategy Second National Action Plan 2014-2016.
And money has been fed into carer and community charities to seek out, and ‘support’ these carers.
These charities research, support via volunteers, and create ‘Care Friendly Communities’ with the help of businesses. NHS and Local Authority.
Carers UK 2014, received £181,000 from the Department of Health, for Carers Strategy, and paid £164,000 for Carers Ambassador GP Training.
GPs play a pivotal role in safeguarding adults, as they are best placed to check on carers health, including mental health, to ensure they are fit to care, as if they are not, the cared for will be at risk of abuse and/or neglect.
Carers will think their desperate chats to their GP, are confidential, and be unaware that they are being monitored ,and their GP is under a duty to spot those at risk of abuse or neglect.
Back in 2010, charity surveys already revealed 45% of carers were depressed about their finances, and 15% had turned to drink and drugs. http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2010/09/20/carers-heading-towards-crisis-point/
Six years later with benefits cut, and even less support, the position of carers can only be much much worse.
During Carers Week on June 10th, community events were held in major cities, backed by NHS/LA mayors, businesses and charities, and ,a carers action day is set for 29th November 2016.
Already a 2011 census shows 5.4 million unpaid carers exist in England.
And Carers UK estimate 6,000 people a day are becoming carers.
There are 166,000 young carers between 5-17 and they have their own support charity.
Next week has been declared Learning Disability Week by Mencap when we make a friend of the 1 .3 million ‘learning disabled’ who are another huge potential goldmine.
Cameron sought a Private Ministers Challenge to help an estimated 670,000 dementia carers, estimated to double in the next 30 years.
Public Health life size models of dementia suffers were placed in halls of libraries and public buildings.
Those these carers care for, represent a huge source of continuing profit for the residential care industry.
And carers support, and rights have only worsened in the last 8 years.
Financially their benefits have been cut by 20%, Carers Allowance, is now down to £60.15 for 24/7 care for a week.
The only right Carers are given under the Carers Act is to a Carers Assessment, which rarely, if ever, results in any funded support for a carer.
And even when support is funded, the maximum sealing was £500 per year in 2013, before more LA budget costs .
The Carers Act provides, that any support for the MCA ‘incapable’, must be approved/provided by Adult Services, allowing safeguarding hit squads, trained for removal on safeguarding issues, to be used as the only ‘support’, as described in the next post.
Cuts have also resulted in the closing of most day centres, Respite facilities, and other lifelines for carers.
So what is the real reason for governments’ concern and the money spent assessing, soliciting and monitoring carers, particularly, as their policies have continued to remove support, finance and facilities ?
It would appear, the real agenda of ‘Care Friendly Communities’, is the same as the government that finances them.
To spy, solicit and harvest, those that need protection, and protect them, within the for profit residential care industry.