Union: Care crisis has led to debt ‘time bomb’
A report from the GMB trade union has warned that at least 166,000 people are in arrears due to the cost of care home fees, with over 1,100 having been taken to court.
The union is calling on the Government to provide more funding to address the funding crisis in social care.
A spokesman for the Local Government Association said the Government must “address the pressures impacting the system.”
Councillor Phil Bateman said ” There is a fear in almost every family, that old age and illness as we grow older, will cause huge misery, and heart ache for those in the family that are left to cope. The Government must do more to deliver a safety net that reduces the pain and anxiety that is now evident. GMB have exposed the size of the problem, but I think it may grow even higher.”