GMB call for care home fees to be increased to £600 per week

A GMB motion calling for fair funding for social care was carried at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer, said  "A time bomb is ticking under the system of care for our elderly and vulnerable, the product of chronic underfunding and society's failure to face up to its responsibilities to those – who paid tax and national insurance all their lives – in their times of need.

“Yet for social care, years of chronic underfunding by successive governments has made today's safety net one of ‘cradle to care home door’.  Unlike the NHS, which can still be held up as a beacon of our values, for the one in twenty of us who will go into a care home, this crumbling pillar of society represents a betrayal of hundreds of thousands of citizens who contributed to this country all their lives.”

The GMB want to see fees rise to at least the £600 per week as set out in Rowntree Foundation Fair Care Model; a new and independent training commission, responsible for ensuring the supply of UK trained staff; new government funding for universal standards of care sector training through training support grants to the public and private sectors; and care occupations should be registered and seen as a career path, giving those working in the sector the status they deserve.

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