Open message to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak MP

Firstly, Congratulations on your promotion to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Now, within the next few weeks you will have an important event, not only your first Budget, but the first Budget of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Government.

In the General Election Manifesto many promises were made

‘TAXES

The Tories will introduce a “triple lock” guaranteeing no increase in income tax, National Insurance or VAT for the duration of the next Parliament.

They will also increase the salary threshold at which workers begin paying NI, from £8,628 a year, to £9,500, with an “ultimate ambition” of raising it to £12,500.

Boris Johnson has also ditched previous plans by his party to cut corporation tax, which will net the Treasury an extra £3 billion next year, climbing to £6.3billion by the end of the next Parliament.

NHS

A pledge to recruit 50,000 more nurses, as well as training 500 more GPs each year from 2021-22 to help create 50 million more appointments in GP surgeries every year.

The NHS budget will also increase to £33.9 billion by 2023-24, alongside pledges to upgrade 20 hospitals and rebuild 40 over the next decade.

The manifesto also promises free hospital parking in England for people with disabilities, frequent patients, the gravely ill, families of long-stay patients, carers and NHS staff working night shifts.

BREXIT

The Prime Minister has pledged to bring back his “oven ready” Brexit deal to Parliament before Christmas, so that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill can be ratified in time for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January next year.

He is also pledging not extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond 31 December 2020, meaning the Government will have just 11 months to sign a long-term trade deal with Brussels.

ENVIRONMENT

The Conservatives pledge that the UK will be carbon neutral by 2050.

In order to work towards that, £6.3billion has been earmarked to improve energy efficiency in 2.2 million homes – reducing bills by up to £750 a year.

The party also pledges to ban the export of plastic waste to countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

EDUCATION

There will be a new National Skills Fund of £600 million a year to pay for five years for adult retraining.

State school spending will be increased in England by £7.1billion by 2022/23, along with per pupil funding for secondary schools set at a minimum of £5,000 next year, while each primary school pupil will get £4,000 by 2021-22.

And there will be an extra £250 million a year, for at least three years, plus a £250 million capital spending boost for “wraparound” childcare, meaning after school or during holidays.

CRIME

The Tories have pledged to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers to replace those lost in cuts by Conservative-led governments since 2010.

They will also extend stop and search powers, make life mean life for child murderers, and spend £2.5billion on improving prisons.

They will also introduce a tough new approach to knife crime, provide more support for victims of rape and extra protections for those suffering from domestic abuse.

SOCIAL CARE

Mr Johnson said no-one will have to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care in later life, but unsurprisingly after Theresa May’s 2017 “dementia tax” debacle, the manifesto is light on detail.

It includes an additional £1 billion in additional short-term funding, and a commitment to build a cross-party consensus on a long-term fix.

And there is a doubling in funding for dementia research, with an extra £83 million a year, as well as speeding up trials of new drugs.

PENSIONERS

There was plenty on offer for older voters, including a commitment to keeping the pensions triple lock so state pension increases each year by whichever is highest out of CPI inflation, wage growth or 2.5%.

The Tories will also keep free TV licences for over-75s, although funded by the BBC, as well the older person’s bus pass and winter fuel payments.

OTHER

Foreign buyers will have to pay an additional 3% in stamp duty on property in the UK.

An extra £500 million a year for four years to fund filling potholes.

The backing for a bid to host the men’s football World Cup in 2030.

And a Conservative government would repeal the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which was introduced by David Cameron’s coalition government.’

While all the mentioned areas are important and of a concern to many, my main concern is Social Care.

My own family and many other families rely on Social Care to help us look after our relatives who have major needs relating to care.  We all have, over the years, done what we can to help manage these needs of our relatives, but there comes a time when the needs exceed what we ourselves can realistically deliver, hence our, now, reliance on Social Care and without it our relatives needs will not be met.

So, the forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address the crucial issue of funding for Social Care, but will it.

  • Boris has promised, but will he keep his promise and even if money is made available will it be sufficient.
  • Boris has now mentioned it will take 5 years to get the funding, Social Care can not wait that long.
  • Boris needs to be told this is not good enough, so it is essential we keep the pressure on Boris and my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care could be the means.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please see below

We now have the New Year 2020.

However, if the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ is not Solved soon there will not be many more New Years for the care, required for persons in need of care, to be provided by Local Authorities due to their lack of funding. This will then have a much greater impact on health care provision, which is itself in crisis.

The petition is crucial to bring the crisis to the Government’s attention and then for them to take action to Solve the crisis in Social Care

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

For further information, please follow the link

Solve the crisis in Social Care

This Petition needs You, please sign to show your support for you will not know when you or someone in your family will need social care.

I do hope you are listening and that you and your Ministerial Colleagues will use the Budget to provide a substantial investment into Social Care, which it has been needing for so many years, even before the Austerity Cuts.

The fate of Social Care and the needs of persons requiring care rests with you.

Thanks

Chris

#care  #socialcare  #crisis

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