White paper fails to fix workforce shortage or mend broken system in social care

Government has not delivered bold, ambitious plan that is needed

Responding to the social care white paper published by the government today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“More than 800 days since Boris Johnson promised a plan to fix social care, this white paper barely scratches the surface. It does nothing to address the fundamental problems of a sector on the brink.

“There’s no solution to pressing staff shortages or poverty pay for care workers. Nor does it tackle the money leaking out of care into the pockets of wealthy shareholders or make the system easier to navigate.

“Care workers and the people they look after will feel furious and insulted. They need a far-reaching overhaul.

“Voices across the sector were united in calling for major reform and offering to work with ministers to deliver it. But the government has ignored unions, employers, care charities and all the others saying a bold, ambitious plan is needed.

“There are some elements of this package we welcome but tinkering around the edges of a fundamentally broken system is nowhere near enough. The government must get its act together on social care reform, and quickly.”

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.