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Bins and council tax trump social care for Tories

Whereas Labour are still deciding their priorities, the Conservatives appear to have nailed theirs to the mast. And social care isn’t there.

Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government began their conference by announcing that

Eric Pickles MP with David Cameron

Eric Pickles MP with David Cameron

£250m had been found which would be given to councils for weekly bin collections. Funding for social care comes from councils, and funding for local authorities comes from the Department of Communities and Local Government. So rather than giving this money to councils to spend on social care, the Government are saying it has to be spent on bin collections.

This Government, and Pickles in particular, has been adamant that decisions must be made at the local level, and councils given freedom to decide. Yet, Pickles is not making this £250m available for whatever councils think it could best be spent on; it is only available for councils who want to move to weekly bin collections.

Of course, some councils already run weekly bin collections, and a couple of councillors at the Conservative conference were left wondering whether they should stop that so that they can claim some of the £250m to reintroduce what they are already doing.

This was followed by George Osborne’s announcement that Government had found an extra £800m to give to councils who committed to freeze their council tax rates. Again, this newly found money is not available for councils to spend as they see best but can only be used to compensate councils who do not increase council tax rates.

Compare this focus on bins and council tax to social care. I asked Lord Freud (DWP Minister) and Greg Hands MP (Parliamentary assistant to George Osborne) about how important it was to implement the Dilnot Commission’s recommendations on social care but received no answers. I asked Maria Miller MP (Minister for Disabled People), who said meeting the challenge of our population’s changing demographics was one of our biggest, but instead of discussing Dilnot’s report, focussed on how introducing the right to request flexible working for all will help carers trying to juggle work and care.

Andrew Lansley in his speech did mention the £400m given to the NHS to support carers, but there was no mention of social care or Dilnot. When asked about it, no firm commitments were forthcoming. Understandably, Lansley is focussed on getting his Health Bill through Parliament but we must get the Conservatives to see social care as a priority.

Instead of commitment to reforming social care, there is a reticence emanating from Conservatives. It usually starts with talk of implementing Dilnot being very expensive and a lot of work still to be done. Implementing Dilnot is £1.7bn per annum; the Tories have just found, out of nowhere, £1.05bn for bins and council tax.

Take care

Gordon

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October 5, 2011 - Posted by | Budget, Conservatives, David Cameron, Labour, Social Care | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Unbelievable!!!!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work Gordon!
    Really appreciate the work you do, standing up for us carers!
    Makes me so mad that weekly bin collections are deemed more important than social care! I am also amazed how miraculously the Govt have ‘found’ all this money!

    Thank you for giving carers a voice and for all you do Gordon!

    Comment by caitlinswish | October 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. “Instead of commitment to reforming social care, there is a reticence emanating from Conservatives. It usually starts with talk of implementing Dilnot being very expensive and a lot of work still to be done. Implementing Dilnot is £1.7bn per annum; the Tories have just found, out of nowhere, £1.05bn for bins and council tax.”

    Well GORDON what did you expect from a group people whose only interests are to advance those who already have more money than they can spend in this lifetime never mind the next.
    I believe that the CON- dem coalition really want to dismantle the the BENEFIT system and force the DISABLED and CARERS alike into a system just like the usa has.

    IN THERE HEARTS – MINDS AND PURPOSE CARERS HAVE NO PART AND NO PUROPOSE
    EXCEPT
    TO SUPPLY CHEAP CARE THEY AND THE NATION DOES NOT
    TO PAY FOR

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | October 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. Gordon, when I read about the issues that you raise I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to have the conversations with ministers and get such nonsense back. Full credit to you for being able to stay polite – I would lose the plot when faced with such short-sighted and misguded people.

    Comment by Jacq | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. ” Compare this focus on bins and council tax to social care. I asked Lord Freud (DWP Minister) and Greg Hands MP (Parliamentary assistant to George Osborne) about how important it was to implement the Dilnot Commission’s recommendations on social care but received no answers. I asked Maria Miller MP (Minister for Disabled People), who said meeting the challenge of our population’s changing demographics was one of our biggest, but instead of discussing Dilnot’s report, focussed on how introducing the right to request flexible working for all will help carers trying to juggle work and care.

    Andrew Lansley in his speech did mention the £400m given to the NHS to support carers, but there was no mention of social care or Dilnot. When asked about it, no firm commitments were forthcoming. Understandably, Lansley is focussed on getting his Health Bill through Parliament but we must get the Conservatives to see social care as a priority.

    Instead of commitment to reforming social care, there is a reticence emanating from Conservatives. It usually starts with talk of implementing Dilnot being very expensive and a lot of work still to be done. Implementing Dilnot is £1.7bn per annum; the Tories have just found, out of nowhere, £1.05bn for bins and council tax. ”

    When i read all this i could not believe what i was reading,but one thing it did do and that was to clearly make plain to me the the attitude – purpose and commitment this present government has to CARERS ( despite all the publicity)

    GARBAGE – FORCING THE DISABLED AND CARERS INTO ASSESSMENTS THAT TAKE NO ACCOUNT OF THE REAL PICTURE AND JOBS THAT ARE TOTALLY UNSUITABLE – NO EXISTENT

    THE FINAL COMMENT IN YOUR BLOG REALLY NAILS THE GOVERNMENTS COLORS TO THE MAST –
    THAT CARERS AND THE DISABLED ARE TO EXPENSIVE TO HELP

    WE ARE BEING ABANDONED IN FAVOR OF GARBAGE AND COUNCIL TAX
    BILLS
    MAYBE WHAT I HAVE SAID IS SOMETHING OF A COMMENT ON Y REPLY TO YOUR BLOG – NERVELESS FOR ALL THAT – IT IS THE TRUTH SOMETHING WHICH IS
    BEING SACRIFICED ON THE ALTAR OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. When will there ever be any new real money without strings attached.

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  6. THE RICH GET RICHER THE POOR GET POORER AND AS USUAL THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY GET FORGOTTEN ,IS THERE ANY MORE ROOM UNDER THAT CARPET FOR THEM TO BE SWEPT!!!!

    Comment by Elaine | October 12, 2011 | Reply

  7. […] the Government can find £1.05bn from nowhere for bins and council tax freezes then we cannot allow Osborne to use the excuse that there is no money to pay for this. Make social […]

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