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National Government Must Help Councils To Pay At Least £600 Per Week For Care As Per Rowntree Foundation Fair Care Model

If an increase in fees for care homes doesn’t come then more Southern Cross style collapses are on the cards says GMB

GMB, the union for care staff, commented on the urgent plea by directors of adult social services for `sustained and substantial’ additional funds to be made available for the care and protection of older and vulnerable people. See notes to editors for copy of press release from Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS).

Justin Bowden, GMB National Office for care services, said “Freezing fees to care providers is directly causing the slow motion collapse of the care sector and somebody’s mum or dad or granny – our elderly and vulnerable – are the biggest victims.

The care sector needs an increase in fees and funding now and it needs it now.

If an increase in fees doesn’t come then we warn that more Southern Cross style collapses are on the cards.

The time is long overdue for politicians of all parties to face up to the social care funding crisis.

Councils simply are not paying enough. This political choice is unacceptable. It is adversely affecting the vulnerable and elderly as well as the GMB members who care for them.

The fair cost of care model developed with the Rowntree Foundation sets the figure at £600 per week. The vast majority of councils pay way below that.

If £600 per week is what is needed to provide decent care for our elderly and vulnerable, provided by fairly paid staff, then that is what should be paid. National Government has a duty to provide councils with the resources to do this.”

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