Just 10p per week could help protect care services for the elderly and disabled

Barnet’s Labour councillors are calling on as many people as possible to participate in the Council’s budget consultation in support of the ‘social care precept’ – a small levy on council tax costing around 10p per week that would help protect care services for elderly and disabled residents.

With social and scientific progress more people are living longer which increases demand for care services that are already under pressure and subject to budget cuts.

Barnet council is currently consulting all residents on next year’s budget, and one option - as set out by the Chancellor in his budget - is to introduce a ring-fenced 2% levy specifically for social care costing council tax payers on average around 10p per week (taking into account the end of the 1.7% Olympic precept). The consultation closes on 12 February.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "This is a chance for all of us to do something to help support those needing care and their carers. Just 10p per week would make a real difference to the lives of elderly and disabled people who need our help – many of whom have spent their lives working to pay the taxes that funded our education and health service.

“I hope as many people as possible respond to the consultation on the social care precept.”

Labour's Adults & Safeguarding spokesperson, Cllr Reema Patel said: "Our social care services are increasingly under pressure from a Conservative government that has failed to resource health and social care directly. It is essential that citizens make their voice heard on the future of essential council support for elderly and disabled Barnet residents."

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Notes:
1. To respond to the council consultation see: https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/commissioning-group/barnet-budget-consultation-2016-2017 

For more information contact:
Cllr Barry Rawlings: cllr.b.rawlings@barnet.gov.uk 
Cllr Reema Patel: cllr.r.patel@barnet.gov.uk 
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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