Commenting on an additional £1bn for councils to help them fund social care and extra Covid responsibilities announced in the comprehensive spending review today (Wednesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“This is nowhere near enough to reform social care services. It will mean more misery for those who can’t access the support they need.
“The vast majority of workers will also be left with next to nothing save for a small increase in the minimum wage. These are already among the lowest paid employees in the country. They’ve been on the Covid frontline from the start and deserve so much more.
“What’s needed now is a proper plan for reform. A national care service to drive up standards, increase pay and attract much-needed recruits.”