The Somerset Branch of UNITE fully supports Somerset County Council in seeking an urgent injection of funding for care services by the Government.
The structural deficit of £24m of projected underfunding is unprecedented and should be a matter of grave concern for the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable across Somerset who rely upon vital care services.
Failure to properly fund care services in Somerset will not only rob the elderly and vulnerable of the key support they deserve in an advanced economy and compassionate society but will also add pressures on our vital NHS that could overwhelm our hard-pressed hospitals and GPs this winter.
Nigel Behan, UNITE Branch Secretary at Somerset County Council said “We endorse the pleas by John Osman and the Conservative administration in seeking fair funding for care in Somerset from the Government.
Staffing in Somerset local public services has been cut by more than 40% since 2010.
We now have the counter-productive situation where 40% of the staff in our struggling Children’s Services are temporary agency staff at far greater cost and impacting negatively on continuity of care.
We can see from the failed contract with IBM for the South West One ill-fated venture that outsourcing is not the answer.
With a £3m projected underfunding deficit in the Learning Disabilities Provider Service for the most vulnerable in our communities, UNITE calls upon Somerset County Council to reconsider the planned outsource to Dimensions (UK) Limited.
Local Government has borne the brunt of austerity cuts since 2010.
The cuts are now striking bone and it must be clear to all dispassionate observers that enough is enough.”
Nigel Behan Branch Secretary