William Eichler 11 November 2016

Adult social care cuts leaving ‘trail of destruction’

Adult social care cuts leaving ‘trail of destruction’ image

Cuts to social care budgets have left a ‘trail of destruction’ leaving older people vulnerable, says union.

A Unison survey of more than 1,000 staff working in homecare, residential support and day services has revealed the impact the axing of social care funding has had on frontline services.

More than three in five (63%) of respondents said they had less time to spend with the people they care for because of staff shortages, and nearly two thirds (65%) are doing their job alongside fewer staff than six years ago.

The survey, published as The Damage: Care in Crisis, also revealed 36% said the rationing of supplies and cutting corners had increased as a result of budget cuts.

Essentials such as bed sheets, incontinence pads and wipes are being rationed, according to the report.

‘Cuts have left a trail of destruction and this is affecting those in desperate need of care,’ said the Unison head of local government Heather Wakefield.

‘Care workers do a vital job looking after the most vulnerable in society. But they’re not getting the support they need from their employers.

‘Everyone deserves decent care in their old age. But if the government doesn’t act now millions of people will be left facing a bleak and uncertain future.’

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