Money for social care is not ‘extra’ money

The Government’s announcement in yesterday’s Budget of ‘extra’ money for social care is complete smoke and mirrors and fails to address the issues of chronic underfunding of social care. In Brent, the Tories and Lib Dems have taken over £150 million from Brent Council, significantly reducing the money that we have available locally to pay for social care.

The announcement in yesterday’s Budget was for £2billion ‘extra’ funding over the next three years.

The Government has completely ignored the fact the the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have taken £5.5 billion out of social care in the last few years. In simple balance terms, the £2 billion puts social care in a net position of  MINUS £2.5billion.

In addition, the Government has only committed this money for a three year period so as far as we can account for, in 2020, we will be back in the position of -£5.5 billion as the ‘extra’ £2 billion will no longer be there. In addition we have no information on how the money will be allocated.

Don’t be fooled by the Government saying they are putting more money into social care! They are merely applying a sticking plaster on an open headwound, having caused the injury themselves!

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Three Government departments oppose UK carbon emission targets but force Brent to pay Carbon Tax ‘out of the blue’

The BBC has revealed that three government departments have opposed a policy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions (LINK).  The three Departments are Transport, the Treasury and Business, Innovation and Skills. The Guardian has also revealed that Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has ‘refused to support new carbon reduction targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change’ (LINK) cashing with the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne.

Meanwhile the Government has imposed the Carbon Tax to local council’s shedding their responsibility for dealing with pollution to local authorities, when climate change is clearly a problem that needs tackling on a national and international scale also.

As a result, Brent Council has had to pay nearly half a million pounds towards the Carbon Tax at the same time as having our budget reduced by £105 million. The Carbon Tax was highlighted as a service area cost pressure in Brent’s budget (LINK), largely because it was an unexpected cost that was bunged on to Councils.