Our social care services are facing a daily crisis – the government must fund them properly

As long as social care is so cruelly underfunded, problems will persist and will only be exacerbated by an ageing population. That means real and lasting impacts for the care worker and the cared for.

NHS reforms will fail without more money and staff involvement

New NHS plans for health and care services are doomed unless the government invests more cash and listens to staff and patients, says UNISON. The details of nearly all 44 NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been published. But the government and NHS England have failed to consult properly with the public and […]

The Chancellor has ignored social care and the NHS will pay the price, says UNISON

Commenting on the complete absence of help in the Autumn Statement for social care or the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Hopes were raised the Chancellor would conjure up extra cash for social care, and ease the burden on the NHS and local councils struggling to keep a lid on the growing crisis. […]

Autumn Statement: little, if anything, for beleaguered public services

Aside from those on the very lowest wages, the pay misery for school, hospital and town hall staff goes on. The government’s stubborn refusal to end the one per cent pay cap means wages are lagging way behind rising food and fuel prices, causing real financial hardship.

The campaign to Save Our Local Services goes on

UNISON will continue to campaign for vital local services to be properly funded after successful day of action focused on social care raised awareness with MPs

More money for social care is needed – but what does that mean for your area?

Adult social care is in crisis, but UNISON has a solution – find out how UNISON’s proposal to use a £2.4bn business rate surplus in England would affect funding in your area

Chancellor should use £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to ease the care funding crisis, says UNISON

The government could ease the social care crisis by handing councils back billions in surplus cash raised from business rates, says a report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The government expects to receive a £2.4bn windfall from business taxes next year, and for the two subsequent years. This is because it now receives more in […]

Care employees threatened with £2,600 pay cut by Dorset councils’ company

Care staff employed by Dorset company Tricuro are to stage a silent protest outside county council offices in Dorchester later today (Thursday), over plans that could see some employees lose as much as £2,600 a year. Tricuro was set up just over a year ago by Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth councils to provide care to […]

Keeping statutory duties for children the right move, says UNISON

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ill-conceived government plans to remove statutory duties protecting children should never have been put forward. “Social workers recognised the danger of removing decades of child protection law, it’s a pity ministers didn’t bother to ask them about the risks posed by the proposals. “The Lords have seen sense and […]

Social work reform survey report

Social workers reject government reforms as unsafe, says UNISON

Government plans to reform the delivery of children’s social care have been overwhelmingly rejected by practising social workers in a new report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON says the proposals could prove dangerous for children and fail to tackle any of the fundamental problems social workers deal with on a daily basis. UNISON says […]

Inverclyde signs up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Health and social care partnership commits to achieving fair work, better pay and improved quality of care on eve of Living Wage Week

‘Social care is at a tipping point’

Check our campaign briefing for SOS Day on 16 Novembers for ways you can get involved

Bradford mental health workers strike over imposed shifts

Company fails to negotiate over plans for ‘unfair’ work pattern which could see transferred UNISON members on call for 14 hours a day

UNISON’s biggest ever homecare legal case over workers paid as little as £3.27 an hour

Seventeen homecare workers employed across the London Borough of Haringey are taking care company Sevacare and the council to court.

UNISON gives evidence on growing social care funding crisis

The crisis in adult social care is set to worsen due to a growing funding gap, UNISON has told the Communities and Local Government Committee.