Government refusing to take responsibility for social care crisis, says UNISON

Responding to today’s (Thursday) announcement by the government on social care funding, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Government cuts to council budgets helped cause the crisis in social care. Yet rather than own up and take responsibility, ministers are simply passing the buck to local councils.

“Social care needs a substantial injection of new cash – targeted at poorer areas of the country – and measures to ensure dignity is at the heart of the system for care users and workers.

“Raising council tax bills allows authorities in affluent areas to generate more cash than poorer ones – where the need is greatest. Similarly ordinary families, struggling to make ends meet, can ill afford a hike in their council tax bills.

“The government should be using the growing surplus in the government’s share of the business rates pot to ease the pressure on councils, not encouraging them to shift the care burden onto hard-pressed local taxpayers and create an unfair postcode lottery of care.”

Media contacts:
Alan Weaver T:  0207 121 5555 M: 07939 143310 E: a.weaver@unison.co.uk
Joe Lewis T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07970 863 411 E: j.lewis5@unison.co.uk
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk

Notes to editors:
·      Last month UNISON showed how the government could ease the social care crisis by handing billions in surplus cash raised from business rates back to councils. Click here for details.