Chancellor must use the budget to show social care really matters

The case for the wholesale reform of the UK care system has never been stronger

Responding to a survey by a coalition of care organisations issued today (Tuesday) that found two thirds of MPs polled backed a multi-billion-pound investment in social care, UNISON senior national officer Gavin Edwards said: 

“The case for the wholesale reform of the UK care system has never been stronger. Even MPs from rival parties agree the time has come to stop kicking the problem into the long grass.

“Rishi Sunak must use his budget to send out the message that social care is a crucial public service, just like the NHS. He must make the cash available to fully fund a modern and compassionate system. 

“It’s shameful that care workers are paid poverty wages while the sector generates millions of pounds of profit for the international financiers and hedge funds that own chunks of it.

“The chancellor should fund and reform the care system so it looks and works more like the NHS.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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