Monday 29 October 2018 / 8:25 PM Barbara Keeley / Budget

This Budget offers only a short-term sticking plaster to stave off catastrophic collapse in social care

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, responding to the Budget, said:

“This short-sighted Government, for the fifth year running, has offered only a short-term sticking plaster to stave off catastrophic collapse in social care, not the long-term funding the social care system desperately needs.

“Because of the repeated hammer blows by this Tory Government to council budgets, publicly-funded care is hanging by a thread, with this money coming nowhere near to meeting the £1.5bn funding gap for this year, and money for next year being shared with children’s services.

“Piecemeal funding such as this is not enough. Labour would invest an additional £8 billion over the course of this Parliament to ease the current social care crisis before moving to a sustainably-funded National Care Service for the long term.”