We've got to take the politics out of social care, says SCIE

'We've got to take the politics out of social care', says SCIE

The government is expected to allow local councils to raise council tax

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Too often elderly people are treated as a burden when they're not, says the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

The organisation's chief executive, Tony Hunter, appeared on Julia Hartley-Brewer's show this morning to say that social care must be depoliticised in a forthright and passionate interview.

The Government is expected to allow local councils to raise council tax, in order to fund social care. Theresa May believes this will help the system, but Labour have said this will be inadequate.

Hunter said that "far too often people are treated as a burden, and they’re not, we all need support in different ways." He added that people want "health and social services to be working together."

He said the fact that this has become a "national issue" is great, but "it’s no good chucking blame around."

Rather than pointing figures, Hunter suggested, "we’ve got to take the politics out of it" and focus on "celebrating good things that are happening."

Listen to the full interview to find out more