Care worker unions back NHS-style free personal care for all


Everyone over 65 years of age should be offered free personal care as part of a major new funding settlement, unions representing care workers have said.

A major new report drawn up by researchers at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the think-tank Common Wealth calls for a “radical industrial strategy for adult social care”.

It is backed by the Trades Union Congress and UNISON, Britain’s largest union – and also the primary union representing workers in the care sector.

The report comes after repeated delays to the government’s own plan to reform adult social care, which Boris Johnson promised to draw up when he took office.

That promise in turn came after controversy over the so-called “dementia tax” in his party’s 2017 manifesto, which suggested more people might have to sell their homes to pay for care.


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