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Tory cuts underfund social care

As the tipping point fast approaches when the number of older people with care needs is predicted to surpass the numbers of working age people available to provide unpaid care, the role of the state in helping should be rising up the agenda. But the Conservative party continues to cut budgets and ignore the issue, chancellor Philip Hammond did not mention it once in his Autumn statement. The Government has failed to listen to urgent calls from Councils, the NHS, charities, MP’s and care providers about the critical funding crisis in social care. They refuse to acknowledge let alone fund the £2.6bn funding gap the country faces by 2020. The crisis is real and its happening now, the social care funding crisis is one of the main reasons the Royal Berks is at breaking point. Around two thirds of the Council’s budget is spent on adult social care. These are the elderly and most vulnerable in our society and the Government should adequately fund this. By providing better care services locally we can also reduce hospital admissions and therefore pressured the NHS. Between 2010-2020 the Council’s budget would have been cut by 40% whilst the number of people requiring and deserving of social care has risen. The position this Government is putting Coucnils and vulnerable residents in needs to change and fast.

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