Politicians must get a grip on social care and local government services

Looking after the elderly is an expensive business in the 21st century.


By Democrat reporter

Low paid workers have to pick up pieces to sustain elderly care, according to Dave Prentis of the local government trade union UNISON.

He was commenting on the Institute for Fiscal Studies report on council funding and and the worrying facts revealed on the recent BBC1 Panorama programme on social care.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:  “After years of relentless cuts, council budgets are stripped to the bone. This is starkly illustrated by the perilous state of social care, not to mention a fall of more than 60% in spending on children’s services and youth centres.

“Delivering a solution that protects services and provides proper care is perhaps the nation’s biggest challenge. But Brexit paralysis at Westminster means it will not be any time soon.

“It’s simply reckless government to expect councils to look after all elderly and vulnerable people on their patch while funding disappears.

“Sadly, it’s often low-paid care workers picking up the pieces. Spending their own money so an elderly person can have tea, working many extra hours to provide the care needed or for a chat with the only face a lonely person will see all week. This is a shocking state of affairs.

“Politicians must get a grip and quickly. That means ministers publishing their long-awaited green paper so we can all at least see they do have a plan, even if they’re incapable of implementing it.”


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