New report reveals the huge risk elderly and vulnerable people are facing as a result of dangerous and short-sighted cuts to home-based care

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UNISON is calling for urgent government action following a damning report by the British Red Cross that reveals the huge risk elderly and vulnerable people are facing as a result of ‘dangerous and short-sighted cuts to home-based care’.

The report echoes the union’s fears that cuts are leaving elderly and vulnerable people without the care they need, as well as piling the pressure onto social care services or the NHS – costing the taxpayer more in the long run.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government’s austerity agenda is making life a misery for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Another round of budget cuts is only making this situation worse.

“Home care has always provided a vital service and safety net, but our members tell us that this critical protection is being taken away. All too often, 15 minute care slots are sold off to the lowest bidder. This does not give enough time for home carers to provide a decent level of care.

“In its White Paper, due over the summer, the government must commit to a long term solution, which is long overdue. Funding social care through general taxation, making it free at the point of use along the lines of the NHS model would solve this problem, and give elderly people the dignity and respect they deserve.”


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