Kent

Kent County Council social care plan 'affects jobs'

Plans to increase social care charges in Kent will lead to a reduction in jobs, Unison has claimed.

Tory-run Kent County Council (KCC) is writing to 24,500 people who use social services as part of the consultation which runs until 31 July.

Councillor Graham Gibbens said the extra income would allow more people to get services they need.

Unison said the changes would bring in a "money market" where jobs depended on whether people could afford care.

'Job impact'

Kent branch secretary David Lloyd said: "If people can afford the care you could argue there may be more jobs."

But he said that if people were unable to afford care, there would be fewer jobs.

He also said the state pension was not enough to cover care costs.

"We would argue there would be a job impact and quality of jobs would be affected and the services that would be delivered," he added.

After the consultation was announced on Tuesday, Councillor Gibbens, adult social care spokesman, said the council had to do "what is best ahead of what is popular".

The council also said that without the extra income, it would not be possible to provide support to as many people because of the reduction in all public sector budgets.

KCC's proposals include charging for mental health services, charging for day care and transport, and changing how charges and expenditure are assessed.

The local authority is aiming to save £95m this financial year.

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