“We know that caring can place a real strain on carers – emotionally, physically and financially, especially during this pandemic, which is why councils are committed to doing all they can to support them."
“Social care has been on the frontline throughout this crisis but this report’s conclusions show that those who use, work and volunteer in these vital services were not given as much priority as the NHS from the outset."
“People of all ages should be able to live the lives they want to lead and councils are doing all they can to protect social care services, despite the impact of the pandemic exacerbating the serious long-term funding and demand pressures facing adult social care."
"Nearly a third of all deaths in care homes involved coronavirus and we need to do all we can to keep drastically reducing this. The Government’s announcement today of regular testing of care home residents and staff will help with preventing the spread of infection, but we must remain vigilant."
"We urge anybody who is struggling with access to food, whether they are part of the shielded cohort or vulnerable for other reasons, to contact their local council who will be able to help put in place arrangements to support them."
"These truly shocking statistics are another tragic reminder about the essential need for our vital social care workforce to be fully protected and equipped to look after themselves, as well as all the people of all ages they are supporting, and helping to keep safe and well."