NCA says Tories have not honoured manifesto pledge to promote localism
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A recently-launched campaign initiated by the National Care Association (NCA) has criticised the recent round of political party conferences for neglecting to discuss care sector cutbacks. The Campaign for Action to Protect the Independent Social Care Sector has questioned the failure of politicians to address the realities of social care underfunding, particularly the failure to honour manifesto pledges.
NCA Chair Nadra Ahmed said local authorities were not acting on the Tory Government’s manifesto pledge to help create strong local economies and to promote localism by reducing ring-fencing with the promise to give councils more flexibility to support local services.
“Measured by local authority cost-cutting on care provision, the Government’s pledges are not being converted into effective action to ensure care of elderly people remains a vital resource,” said Mrs Ahmed.
“The NCA strongly recommends that central government should consider actually ring-fencing any funding made available for social care to ensure it reaches the most frail and vulnerable members of local communities. Without this assurance we fear that any monies earmarked for social care will be used to fill local authority funding black holes.”