Commenting today (Sunday) on the Labour Party’s plans to introduce free personal care for the elderly, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“The government has ignored social care for almost a decade, a neglect made worse by Brexit’s dominance of the political agenda.
“Labour’s focus on a sector needing urgent attention and its pledge to invest significantly will come as a huge relief to the elderly living in fear of selling their own homes or languishing in hospital, unable to return home in the absence of vital care support.
“Care workers too will feel at long last there’s a government on their side, as councils would again be able to deliver high quality services to residents, without relying on private firms more concerned about with profit than care standards.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the biggest union representing care workers. It is also 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 both the public and private sectors.
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