Funding gap could hit elderly, claims Unite

Posted on 18 March 2011

People choosing a care home could be hit by a £1 billion funding crisis in social care combined with a £4.5 billion gap for the voluntary sector, the Unite union has warned.

Unite urged chancellor George Osborne to impose an income tax rise for people earning over £100,000 in next week's budget in an effort to close the funding gap in the voluntary sector.

Rachael Maskell, national officer for Unite, said the recent King's Fund report on social care revealed the "pincer movement" that will impact disabled, elderly and disadvantaged members of society.

"The coalition has taken £5 billion out [of] the not for profit sector in terms of funding, but only put back about £500 million in the way of transitional funding and the so-called Big Society Bank," she added.

Recently, the union claimed that health secretary Andrew Lansley must ensure the NHS, rather than private healthcare firms, is the healthcare provider of choice.

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