Union says the rising cost of care cannot be left to councils alone

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The burden of paying for social care cannot be left to local councils alone, UNISON has said.

A report by the Local Government Association (LGA) has exposed serious concerns about the growing cost of care, and the unsustainable pressure this will put on already-stretched council budgets.

The union is calling for serious reform to social care, including for the system to be free at the point of use and funded through general taxation – along the lines of the NHS model. The union is also arguing that serious savings could be made by full integration of health and social care in the UK.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “Reform of adult social care is well overdue. For too long, councils have sold care off to the lowest bidder, and left elderly and vulnerable people to pay the price with a lower standard of care. Drastic cuts to council budgets are only making this bad situation worse.

“The rising cost of care cannot be left to councils alone. Reforming social care to make it free at the point of use and funded through general taxation would solve this problem. It would also end the postcode lottery, giving some of the most vulnerable people in our society care they can rely on.”


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