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Social Care Post Code Lottery Inflicts Crushing Pressure

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Plan to plug social care black hole with increased council tax precept ‘disaster waiting to happen’, says union.

An ill-thought out plan to fund Britain’s vast social care bill by putting up council tax will cripple an already creaking system, warns GMB. [1]

The Tory's ‘disastrous’ scheme means the Government won't stump up to cover the huge £2.6billion funding gap - instead residents in each local authority will fork out for care through their council tax.

But because council tax income varies from place to place, the scheme will lead to a shocking disparity between rich and poor areas – and effectively a social care post code lottery.

Social care workers are already chronically under paid – many not even getting the minimum wage - and suffer from terrible levels of morale with a very high turnover rate.

The scheme, unveiled by Secretary of State Sajid Javid in the local government financial settlement today [2], is set to make a bad situation even worse.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned councils in England are facing a social care shortfall of £2.6 billion – today’s changes won’t even scratch the surface.

GMB warned the Government as early as 2015 a council tax raise was woefully inadequate to fund the country’s huge social care bill. [3]

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“This ill-thought out plan is yet another Tory example of one rule for the rich, another for everybody else.

“GMB has been warning the Government for years council tax is no way to plug the vast social care funding black hole – but they wouldn’t listen.

“Our members are already under paid - many don’t even get the minimum wage.

“Morale is at an all-time low and this half-baked response from Government will apply more crushing pressure to their already difficult roles.

“Now we will all pay the price for this social care post code lottery – it’s a disaster waiting to happen.“

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Contact: Rehana Azam on 07841 181656 or at rehana.azam@gmb.org.uk

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38286145

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577947/Provisional_2017-2018_local_government_finance_settlement_consultation.pdf

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/chancellor/passes-buck-on-care-funding

 

 

 

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