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Government 'Papering Over Cracks' Of Social Care Crisis

Monday, March 20, 2017

BBC found care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid.

GMB, the union for care workers, has repeatedly warned that the Government attempts at “papering over the cracks” in social care funding have left services at breaking point.

The comments come as BBC Panorama revealed care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid

The figure for the number of cancelled contracts comes from a Freedom of Information request, which was responded to by 197 of 212 UK councils [1].

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary said:

“The Government’s attempts at papering over the cracks in social care funding have led to the crisis in care we are seeing.

"The generation that built our society are being let down and repeated failure by Ministers to have a grown up discussion about properly funding social care has let down older and vulnerable people, who deserve so much better than this.

“Almost half of those councils who responded to this investigation have been left with cancelled contracts – it’s quite clear care homes increasingly haven’t got the funds to keep going. Providers want to provide adequate care and pay their staff a decent wage – but they are totally under-resourced & under-funded. The Government’s neglect is an ugly stain.

“Whilst the Chancellor claims to have made £2 billion available for social care in this month’s Budget, there had already been over £4 billion of cuts since 2010 – giving us the grand total of minus £2.5 billion over the last seven years. They should stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes – and tackle this mounting crisis before it worsens.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] 'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contracts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39321579

 

 

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