Independent Age’s research found councils are not routinely taking into account CQC ratings when arranging care home visits. A Which? survey published last week revealed that one in four English care homes are rated Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This telling survey is further evidence that the social care crisis is rising up the worry list of MPs of all parties and cannot be ignored. It follows the recent publication of the Competition and Markets Authority report on the care home market, which further underlined the significant funding shortfall facing the sector. “MPs are rightly concerned that the quality and choice of care homes will get worse unless immediate action is taken to tackle social care underfunding.” Independent Age is calling for the social care Green Paper to set out clear solutions for a fairer, more transparent and sustainable care system that will instill confidence in MPs across all parties, as well as older people and their families, to show that the government has fully comprehended and taken on board all the issues surrounding social care.
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