Influencing policy makers
More that 10 million people in the UK today can expect to see their 100th birthday and in 2066 there will be at least half a million people aged 100 or over. This is great news, but we are living longer with more complex needs such as dementia, sensory impairment and physical disability. By 2041 the number of people with sensory and/or physical impairments will rise to 3.23 million in England alone. Despite increases in the retirement age, in 10 years time there will be more people who are retired than those who are in employment. For the benefit of the whole UK population, the sector must expand and rise to this demographic challenge, investing in services that achieve maximum value whilst maintaining the quality we all want to receive. This requires buy-in and commitment to greater investment in skills from those planning for the future.
Those driving policy change and development rely on the intelligence of sector experts, such as this, and information from those in touch with what employers are asking for. SfC&D has developed close and effective networks with government and community leaders in each of the four nations, and at local levels. We provide the bridge between what is happening in services at grass roots level, and strategic planning.