Cameron Matthews, Labour’s general election candidate in Suffolk Coastal, has spoken out about the crisis facing social care for the elderly in Suffolk. He says that the next Labour government will spend £10.8 billion on adult social care by 2024.
Speaking at a candidates’ hustings in Woodbridge recently, Cameron said:
We’ve seen £8 billion cut from adult social care over the last nine years which has resulted in falling quality of care, and care packages being cut or rationed. The Tories are spending less on social care now than Labour was spending in 2010, despite the demand for social care having increased significantly.
Only Labour is willing to grasp the nettle and increase taxes on the rich and on big corporations to pay for social care for the elderly. These people – our parents and our grandparents – have worked and paid taxes but are being denied the care and support they need.
In its 2019 election manifesto Labour announced plans for a National Care Service, working in partnership with the NHS, to ensure everyone can be guaranteed dignity in old age. Labour has also pledged to make free personal care available to all over 65s who need support, to double the number of people eligible to receive social care packages, and to increase the Carers’ Allowance which will benefit more than 1,000 carers in Suffolk by more than £500 a year.
Cameron also explained Labour’s pledge to improve pay and conditions for carers:
It’s a disgrace that workers in social care are having to rely on food banks to make ends meet. Labour wants to recruit 100,000 more carers across the country but we need to improve their job security. So Labour will ban zero-hours contracts and give all workers a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour.