On Tuesday 1st March, Michael supported a local petition that calls on the Government to rethink social care funding proposals.
Barnsley Council recently approved an increase in council tax, which includes a 3% precept that is ring-fenced for social care services. Grants from central Government have been drastically cut, meaning that services are increasingly underfunded and overstretched. In 2017/18, BMBC will see its budget slashed by £9.3m.
The Governments response to the growing crisis in social care has been to give local authorities the power to raise council tax to pay for the shortfall. A social care system funded through local taxes is neither fair nor proportionate, because it only gives areas like Barnsley the care they can afford, not the care that they need.
Since 2010, £4.6bn has been cut by central Government for adult social care services, which resulted in 1.2 million people across the country not getting they care that they need and that they are entitled to.
The petition calls on the Government to think again about social care funding proposals, and you can sign the petition here: www.barnsleylabour.co.uk
Commenting, Michael said:
“The council has done an excellent job to protect services in very difficult circumstances. But these latest cuts will make that job even harder.
“Please join us and call on the Government to rethink the unfair system in social care here.”