CHARTER FOR THE RIGHT TO WELLBEING
This Charter needs your backing
We are seeking the support and backing of any stakeholder individuals, groups and third sector organisations, to encourage the urgent implementation of our Charter for the Right to Wellbeing with local authorities and on a national scale. You can download the charter here or by clicking the button below.
Please fill out our form and upload your logo if you have one, so we can add you to the list of Charter supporters. Also, please share this widely with anyone who might be interested. Thankyou.
Organisations who back the Charter so far...
Why is a Charter for the Right to Wellbeing needed?
The Care Act 2014 offered the legislation needed to deliver the United Nation's vision of Independent Living, by assessing individual need against nine areas of wellbeing. However, the Social Care system has failed to implement it. Read our What is wrong and what can be done? page for more information about why and how.
This failure, through choice not necessity, has left many people with no option but to consent to insufficient and unsuitable care and support plans. It has also enabled budget setters to make un-challengeable funding cuts because there is no record of unmet need.
Until this scandal is acknowledged and addressed, no amount of surface-level reform or extra funding will do anything other than continue to window-dress a broken system. Indeed, funding is currently being pumped by local authorities into strategic-level 'co-production' exercises, in order to maintain a facade of good practice. All the while service users are not being asked about their own view of their needs at the point of assessment or review.
The Charter for the Right to Wellbeing offers authentic co-production and an easily actionable pathway to meaningful change, by using the Care Act as it was intended. It is the missing piece of the puzzle. All it requires is political will and professional integrity.
The NHS was set up with no additional doctors or nurses, just the principle that needs should be identified before resources are allocated. Our Charter would ensure, that simple but crucially important principle is mirrored in Social Care. The impetus to find the right level of resource will be made much harder to resist with an accurate record of all needs requiring council services.