Theresa May: Social Care Crisis? What Crisis?

Soft Left Politics

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Will the Prime Minister accept that there is a crisis in social care?’

Theresa May: ‘I’ve consistently said we recognise the pressures… It’s not just about funding.’

Crisis? What Crisis?

This was Jeremy Corbyn’s best PMQs in memory.

Corbyn asked ‘is she saying that frail elderly people are less valuable if they are in [low income areas]?’ Well perhaps not explicitly, but that is the effect of her policy (the 3% Council Tax precept). Areas with higher levels of complex needs and service demand tend to be the ones with the smallest revenue raising capacity and it is the elderly and disabled in such areas who will struggle, whilst those in wealthy areas will do better. Vulnerable in a poor area? Sorry, you’re not worth this government’s intervention.

What’s more, this funding model is unsustainble and unfair. Council tax is regressive – that is it hits the pockets…

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