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12 July 2012
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, which provides social care support for nearly 400,000 people in the UK, said:
“That the government is accused of failing to address the social care crisis is no surprise. The scale of the funding problem is enormous and growing. It will take courage, creativity and tremendous degree of political will to solve. That isn't going to happen overnight.
"At the British Red Cross we know that early, lower level support can reduce the need for expensive long term care. Our own research has shown that it can also save money in other ways too; reducing the burden on the NHS by up to £10,000 per patient.
"So we welcome the White Paper's recognition of the importance of prevention and the duty it places on councils to provide these services.
"The White Paper also makes a commitment to quality and dignity in care for vulnerable people - signalling an end to contracting per minute, where care is provided on the cheap and on the clock. This could be a hugely positive step forward.
"But this all comes back to money. Without a commitment to investment and funding reform the many very good parts of this vision for reform cannot adequately be realised."