There is a need for an honest debate about what it means to promote independence in this climate. But over and above this, I think the survey responses demonstrate just how incredibly hard it is to sustain the good intentions of the Care Act at a time of such acute funding distress in many local areas. And that is something we all need to worry about.
In light of the recent publicity around the ongoing crisis in social care, Parkinson's UK Chief Executive Steve Ford explains
That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.
This April marked the first anniversary of the Care Act, which changed the way social care is delivered in England. Against a backdrop of chronic underfunding in social care, celebrating this milestone is not the easiest task.
To realise the full potential of the Care Act we need a sustainable funding settlement from Government, and reformed health and social care systems that support working-age disabled people to live their lives.
A typical day, a typical conversation in any carer support organisation like those which are part of the Carers Trust network
Labour needs to seriously engage with and address the pervading fear that so many people live with - of ending a lifetime of contributions to our society in the silent misery of an inadequate social care system.
Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to work to pay the bills, make sure your children are ferried to and from school, and, occasionally, catch some shut eye.
After two white papers from twp successive governments, the Care Act was hailed as a major victory as the next generation
Today, sweeping changes to the care system - the biggest for more than 50 years - come into force. I welcome many of the reforms. However, the new Care Act can only go so far. Because three big issues sit behind it. The first is that, currently, not everyone who needs care gets it.
If you have never used care and support services, it may be difficult to imagine needing help from another person to do those everyday things you currently do for yourself. But many of us may need this support at some point in our lives.
It would appear that social care remains a poor relation of the NHS, lacking both political clout and financial resources. It doesn't need to be that way. Let's reframe social care as a universal public service: social care services available for all people who will inevitably need them at some point in their lives
For the 10,466 carers in my constituency getting the right support is crucial. Caring for an older or disabled relative or friend can take a serious toll on carers' mental and physical health, their relationships and family finances. Without support this can lead to carers being overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and at worst this can bring about exhaustion, suffering a physical injury and needing care for themselves.