Funding favours Tory constituencies, says GMB
Caring Times, January 2017
Some of the most deprived areas of the UK face ‘outrageous’ social care cuts while leafy Tory strongholds are getting millions of pounds shovelled into their coffers, according to the GMB union.
Figures released by the union show the ten wealthiest parts of the country have seen their spending increase by £135m since 2010. GMB says the poorest parts of the UK have had their social care budget has been slashed by £145m while the constituencies of David Cameron and Theresa May have been given a huge cash boost. Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire’s spending has rocketed by more than £40m each while during the same period the ten poorest regions’ budget has reduced by £135m.
Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham, which cover the Prime Minister’s constituency, have had a budget increase of almost £10m between them and the biggest spending wealthy area, Surrey, has received increased funding of £94m. Richmond-Upon-Thames, where the Government is set to fight a by-election on December 1st, has been able to better fund social care with an extra £10m. “These outrageous figures highlight the deep divisions and inequality that exist in this country,” said GMB national secretary Rehana Azam.
“The idea that the poorest people in the country have their social care funding slashed, while the wealthy get more money is sickening.
“And the fact the constituencies of Theresa May and David Cameron have been given a generous increase looks very much like Tory cronyism.
“As one of the richest countries in the world, the way our old and vulnerable are treated is a national disgrace with a social care lottery wielded by May’s Government. We urge Chancellor Phillip Hammond to provide fair funding across the country in his autumn statement to try and alleviate this country’s social care crisis.”