Conservative councillors are repeatedly blocking access to crucial quality of care information at Barnet Council committee meetings.
A request from Labour councillor, Reema Patel, for the council to investigate the relationship between the working conditions of care workers and the impact this has on the quality of care for elderly and vulnerable adults was refused at Tuesday night's Performance & Contract Management Committee (PCM).
Cllr Patel had also asked for the information at the last Adults & Safeguarding Committee but was told that this fell within the remit of the Performance & Contract Management Committee.
Cllr Patel has been campaigning for the council to implement Unison's Ethical Care Charter to ensure proper standards of care. A performance update report discussed by councillors on Tuesday night revealed that one commissioning priority – the sufficiency and quality of the social care delivery workforce - remained amber due to delays in the Adults services transformation which will see up to £12.6m cut from the budget.
Cllr Patel said: "We must make sure that standards of care are not eroded through poor pay and working conditions – but the Tories don’t seem to think it’s an important issue that is worth investigating and discussing.
"I am determined to have this issue looked into but seem to be blocked by the Conservatives wherever I raise it, so I will be raising it as a Member's Item at the December Adults & Safeguarding Committee.
"With social care budgets about to be slashed further and massive changes due in the way social services are to be delivered it is crucial we know how things are working at the moment."
1. Details of the performance reports discussed at last night’s PCM can be found here:
2. Details of other attempts to stifle discussion of ethical care:
For further details please contact Cllr Reema Patel: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568