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Tory Dementia Tax Places Burden On Wrong Shoulders

Friday, May 19, 2017

 

This measure is a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.6 billion social care funding chasm the Government has presided over.

GMB has criticised the Conservative’s ‘dementia tax’ plans for placing the social care burden on the wrong shoulders.

The plans, revealed in the party’s manifesto launch yesterday, do nothing to help an industry on the brink of collapse, according to the union.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

"Social care is a national obligation but the Tories' proposed dementia tax yet again places the burden on the shoulders of those who need it most.

“More means-testing is the last thing that people need, and it will drive up the costs of care for everybody [1].

"This proposal does nothing to address the dire need for better conditions and pay for over-stretched care workers.

“We need a truly sustainable care sector that looks after staff welfare while continuing to provide the best levels of care to patients and people in their homes.

"Theresa May's plans do nothing to help an industry on the brink of collapse.

“This measure is a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.6 billion [2] social care funding chasm that the Conservatives have presided over." [3]

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1]The Communities and Local Government Select Committee recently found that 'people paying for their own care pay on average 43% more than state funded residents in the same home for the same room and the same level of care.' Adult Social Care, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, 27 March 2017, page 3: https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcomloc/1103/1103.pdf

[2] The Local Government Association, which represents local authorities, estimates that the gap in social care funding will be at least £2.6bn unless the government acts urgently to inject more cash into the sector.

[3] Net expenditure on social care has dropped in real terms from £8.1bn in 2005-06 to £6.3bn in 2014-15, a drop of more than one-fifth, according to figures from Age UK. The King’s Fund thinktank has said that without a change of policy, spending per capita is on course to reach its lowest level since the mid-1990s, following billions in cuts to local authority spending since the financial crisis. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/12/social-care-crisis-funding-cuts-government-council-tax

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