Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara says reckless cuts could cause crisis in social care

Age UK logoSwingeing frontloaded government cuts to council funding have led to an average 8.4% cut in budgets for adult social care budgets this year. This could be a devastating blow to a care system which is now in crisis, Labour’s Shadow Local Government Minister, Barbara Keeley, has said today.
A report by Age UK published today reveals an 8.4% cut to council budgets for adult social care and a fall in net expenditure on older people’s social care from 2010-11 to 2011-12 by £610 million, or £791 per person this year compared to £864 last year. Age UK have warned that the cuts could hasten the collapse of a social care system in England which is already crumbling.
Barbara Keeley, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government said:
“Tory Government cuts to council budgets went too far and too fast. We now have a crisis emerging in social care and Government budget cuts are making it worse.
“Government budget cuts have meant councils making cuts of 8.4% to their spending on social care. These service cuts will leave many vulnerable people struggling to manage and lives could be put at risk. Frail and vulnerable older people cannot afford cutbacks to services on which they rely.
"Eric Pickles should have listened to council leaders who pleaded with the Government not to front-load the cuts. He must now take responsibility for the damage being caused by his reckless front-loaded cuts to council budgets.”

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