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

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Government refusing to take responsibility for social care crisis, says UNISON
Responding to today’s (Thursday) announcement by the government on social care funding, Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary 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 of centrally-collected business rates 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."

Contact details:
Simon Holder, Area Organiser (Campaigns and Communications)
Email – s.holder@unison.co.uk
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