Krupesh Hirani AM, the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, has voiced his concerns over the UK government’s decision to halve funding for developing the adult social care workforce.
The announcement has been met with widespread criticism from Labour members, including Hirani, who has accused the government of failing to tackle the ongoing social care crisis.
Hirani has labelled the government’s announcement as a “hollow announcement” that reflects how the government feels about the sector.
He said: “This hollow announcement reflects how the government really feels about the sector. Once again, the government has failed to tackle the social care crisis by cutting the amount of money available for staffing.
“New plans were supposed to enhance the standing of the adult social care workforce, but they have done the opposite.
“With record demand in London plunging social care into crisis, it is vital that staffing levels keep up so Londoners can access the care they need. I urge ministers to think again.”
Hirani’s concerns reflect those of many healthcare professionals and social care workers who feel that the decision will make it more difficult for them to provide the quality of care that patients require.
In response to the decision, Hirani has urged ministers to reconsider and think again. He emphasized the importance of maintaining adequate staffing levels to meet the rising demand for social care in London. As the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, Hirani is acutely aware of the challenges facing the social care workforce in the capital and the need for greater investment in the sector.