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Care worker cuts slammed

Care worker cuts slammed

A government decision to cut funding designed to help care workers improve their careers has been described as “a new low” by Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours.
Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review has seen the scrapping of a £178,000 fund to boost opportunities for care staff to rise up the nursing career ladder.
Eight out of ten care workers are women and the scrapped scheme, aimed at addressing an imbalance of pay in the sector, will directly hit the already low paid, said Ms Bours.
The MEP, who represents the North West in the European Parliament, said: “George Osborne may not have noticed from his ivory tower but we have an increasingly ageing population and a care crisis.
“It’s estimated that providers may need up to a million more care workers over the next decade and yet the Chancellor has opted to slash chances for those workers to improve their lot.
“This is a new low for the Conservative Party – hitting people who perform one of the most thankless but vital tasks in our country.
“There is a massive number of vacancies in the care sector and yet why on earth would people want to join it when opportunities to rise up the career ladder are limited or non-existent?

Louise Bours MEP

Louise Bours MEP

“Many British citizens need care right now, and many more will do so in the future. That means we need to appreciate, fund and offer a bright future to those people working within the industry.
“Yet provision of care seems to have become a second-hand citizen under the Conservatives – something they expect people to do for as little as possible or even nothing.
“Until we address the care crisis in the United Kingdom properly, people will rightly feel that the government neither appreciates the carers or those who rely on them.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
Care worker scheme axed after George Osborne withdraws funding
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/14/care-worker-scheme-axed-after-george-osborne-withdraws-funding
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