Public money for care should not be filling offshore bank accounts

Social care cash should stay within the system to improve care and invest in the workforce

Commenting on the findings of a BBC1 Panorama programme to be broadcast tonight (Monday) examining the offshore financial arrangements of private care home operator HC-One, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The public expects all new investment in social care to be spent improving the crisis-ridden care sector. But there’s a real risk significant amounts of much-needed cash will be siphoned off to line the pockets of investors overseas.

“The government must not allow this to happen. Social care already requires significantly more money than ministers are prepared to give.

“What little is on offer must go on improving the quality and amount of care available, and on boosting pay for the dedicated workforce.”

Notes to editors:
– The Panorama programme, Crisis in Care: Follow the Money, will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight (Monday 6 December) at 7.30pm.
– It is based on a report by the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR) called Death Deception and Dividends: Disturbing details of the UK’s largest care home operator which is released today.
– 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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