26 December 2015
“State spending on care down 25% per head”; “Populations in Britain and elsewhere are ageing, but while other countries have increased care spending, here it is being cut” [The Daily Telegraph, 5 December 2015, Your Money, p.3, Note 1]
The headline in The Daily Telegraph conveys the reality of what you get when you have a Conservative government in office delivering cut after cut to public services, supported by yet more Conservatives in Shirehall cutting vital budgets in Shropshire.
The information about cuts to UK care budgets in the Daily Telegraph comes from a prestigious, independent international report produced by the OECD. The report reveals that the number of people in the UK above retirement age is increasing and demands for care are going up but the Conservative government response is to cut care budgets.
Since 2008, European spending on long-term care has risen by an average of 17%. In wealthier countries it rose by as much as 26%. However, despite Britain’s demographic profile being similar and the number of over-80s jumping by 20% in the past 7 years, the UK now spends 8% less on care than we did in 2008.
Commenting on the report and The Daily Telegraph’s article, John Whitelegg, Press Officer for the South Shropshire Green Party, said:
“So it is official. Our caring Conservative government does not care at all and is quite happy to see those in their 60s, 70s and 80s neglected and not provided with the care they need or the care that is routinely available in Germany or Sweden. This is a particularly heavy blow to Shropshire with its larger-than-average population of older residents. That is what you get when you vote Conservative. Green politicians in the UK and other European countries are committed to seeing care budgets grow in line with the growing numbers of older people, and their greater needs for health and social care.”
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