Thursday 8 February 2018 / 12:01 AM Health

Barbara Keeley responds to NAO’s report on adult social care workforce

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, commenting on the NAO’s new report, which found that the Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce, said:

“The National Audit Office’s message is clear: Tory cuts to local authority funding since 2010 have led to an increasingly unsustainable and fragmented social care workforce.

“Cuts to social care budgets will reach £6.3 billion by March this year which means worse pay and conditions for overstretched care staff,  whose numbers are not keeping up with ever-increasing demand for care from older people and vulnerable working age people.

“Yet the social care workforce remains an afterthought for this complacent Tory Government, which did not even acknowledge the care staff workforce in the single departmental plan of the retitled Department of Health and Social Care.

“The Tories need to increase funding urgently for social care to support care staff to provide the best quality care. Labour would invest £8 billion across this Parliament, with £1 billion up front this year.”