Chancellor ‘ducking decision’ to reform social care, says UNISON

Gavin Edwards says Rishi Sunak must act now to fund major overhaul of the sector

Commenting on the lack of measures to address social care in the Chancellor’s Budget statement today (Wednesday), UNISON senior national officer for social care Gavin Edwards said:

“It’s shameful the chancellor has missed yet another opportunity to fix social care. The sector is in a desperate state and ducking decisions on reform will only make the situation worse.

“The pandemic has made many finally realise this service is decaying. Thousands of jobs need filling, staff feel dejected and wages are shockingly low.

“The chancellor must put his hand in his pocket and fund a major overhaul of the entire care system.”

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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