Social care groups join forces

Eleven unite to 'boost lobbying power'

A group of representative bodies that provide social care for adults have formed a partnership to improve their lobbying power.

The Care Providers Alliance, formed of 11 organisations that work across adult social care, has also pledged to "provide leadership to the care sector at a time of considerable change and uncertainty".

"No one body can adequately represent the breadth and depth of care and support services," a joint statement from the alliance said. "By working together to improve care and support services, the memberships and networks of the combined associations will be utilised to maximum effect."

Des Kelly, executive director of the National Care Forum and the first chair of the group, said: "Many of us were already working together and the Care Providers Alliance simply builds on the shared principles and relationships in a more formalised way."

The members of the alliance are:

Association for Real Change
Ceretas
English Community Care Association
Federation of Small Businesses
Mental Health Providers Forum
Shared Lives
National Care Association
National Care Forum
Registered Nursing Homes Association
United Kingdom Homecare Association
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

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