Reacting to BBC Panorama's programme broadcast last night (Wednesday, 29 May) Gail Cartmail, Unite's assistant general secretary for the public sector said: "The government has been warned time and again that its ceaseless cuts to local authority funding have very real and painful consequences for people. Now that it has been laid bare to them, it cannot ignore the social care crisis a moment longer.

"Every single MP who has voted through the Conservative's austerity agenda must now hang their head in shame at the realisation that their actions have caused and continue to cause desperate human pain. 

“That not one of the candidates for Conservative leadership has yet put forward any programme for how the most vulnerable in our society is cared for is also a shameful failure to understand how tattered our public services have become under their party's stewardship.

"This has to end. The UK is the fifth biggest economy on the planet.  We can and should find the money to treat our vulnerable with dignity and fairly reward those who care for them too.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.