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Shock figures of thousands in area “trapped in social care debt”

News / Mon 18th Jun 2018 at 02:09pm

SHOCK GMB FIGURES REVEAL ALMOST 17,000 PEOPLE IN EAST OF ENGLAND TRAPPED IN SOCIAL CARE DEBT

MORE than 100 taken to court by local authorities for social care debt during past two years according to GMB study.

An investigation by GMB, the union for carers, has revealed almost 17,000 people in the East of England are trapped in debt for their social care.

The Freedom of Information requests, submitted to every authority in the region with responsibility for social care, also show atl least 111 people have been taken to court by local authorities for social care debts.

Of the total of at least 16,995 people who are in arrears on their social care payments, more than 10,894 have debt management procedures started against them by their authority for non-payment of social care charges.

The true figure is likely to be higher as some authorities didn’t respond.

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Officer, said:

“These stark figures show the UK’s social care ticking timebomb has now blown a gaping hole in families’ finances.

“The fact almost 17,000 are in debt because they’re unable to pay for their own care – or that of their loved ones – shows the system just isn’t working.

“Meanwhile, our ageing population is creating a huge demand for care staff – but caring is still not seen as a sought after career.

“The lack of local authority funding often means low pay – and the sector is struggling to recruit and retain the dedicated staff needed to provide the best care to the UK’s most vulnerable people.

“We need a clear, coherent strategy for funding social care now and in the future.

“Otherwise the struggle to recruit and retain carers will become even more acute, while tens of thousands of people are plunged into debt trying to pay for the level of support that they need.”

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4 Comments for Shock figures of thousands in area “trapped in social care debt”:

MickyB77
2018-06-18 15:27:48

Caring labour, or perhaps the Tories are behind this clamp down ?

JerryFromQueens
2018-06-18 16:17:56

Or Peter Lamb perhaps?

MickyB77
2018-06-21 11:19:00

Micky 4. Troll 0.

JerryFromQueens
2018-06-21 18:54:51

Poor Micky the scaredy cat won't debate with me. And he's giving himself points, maybe that's not the only thing he does all by himself. Think of it as tennis, Micky. If you have a partner it's much more fun.

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