In a speech to the Fabian Society new year conference, the Labour leader will warn that the social care system is at “serious risk of breakdown” unless more money is invested in it, adding that rising costs and falling contributions from councils had seen 380 care home businesses dissolving since 2010.
Corbyn will set out one of the key planks of his reforms of big business putting private care homes on notice that they must raise their standards.
“Labour will not let the elderly down people who’ve worked all their lives, paid their taxes and made a massive contribution to society…
“Last year, the Care Quality Commission found that one in five nursing homes did not have enough staff on duty to ensure people received good, safe care.
“It’s an outrage. So a Labour Government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to maintain social care protection. It’s the least we can do to guarantee dignity for people who’ve given so much to our country.