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LETTERS: Social care cuts harm lives

Published: 6 January, 2016

• SOCIAL care is a vital issue for Islington, where more than 8,000 residents receive care support at home. By 2020, the Tory government will have cut Islington Council’s budget by 70 per cent in 10 years. The Tories are spending less on social care now than Labour in 2010, despite the significant increase in demand.

From 2010 to 2017, expenditure on adult social care in Islington will have suffered an 11.6 per cent real-terms cut. 

We cannot let the Tories’ irresponsible social care cuts affect people’s ability to live independently, which is why the council has protected frontline services in social care. 

With the high cost of living in Islington and as a Living Wage employer, it is right that Islington was the first council to pay the London Living Wage to care home workers, including cover­ing carers’ travel time.

Islington was also the first council to co-sign Unison’s ethical care charter, becoming the first council to ban poverty wages and axe 15-minute care visits for service users. 

Carers are often the unsung heroes of local authority social services. I am proud of the vital work they do and the council’s record on protecting frontline services in the face of damaging Tory cuts. However, we will continue to call on the government to fund this service properly so it can meet demand.

CLLR JANET BURGESS
Labour executive member for health and social care

 

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