Northumberland Labour says the government’s plans for social care will hit people in the North hardest.
Deputy leader Liz Simpson said: “There seems little or no point promising you’re going to ‘fix social care’ and then coming up with something worse. People who own less expensive homes will still have to sell them while people with more expensive homes will be able to keep their homes. It’s senseless and just goes to prove that this government doesn’t listen to ordinary people.
“Once again, the North pays the price for policies which are largely developed to benefit people from London and the South East. Labour does not want to increase the north/south divide. We don’t need to; this government is doing it for us.
“Labour wants to ensure that everyone who needs access to social care gets it where and when they need it. We also want to shift the focus to keeping people as healthy as possible with principle of Home First.
“We know that many people loving with a disability want to work and contribute to society. We have to create the conditions, which will include providing extra support, to make this happen.
“Covid has shone a light on care workers and the amazing work they do, despite being undervalued and underpaid. A recent TV programme where former Labour minister Ed Balls spent time working in a care home and going on home visits showed the skill and commitment of care workers who are in no way properly rewarded for the work they do.
“Labour wants to make the care sector an attractive place to work with a proper pay and career structure.
“We also want to make sure that policies work for everyone in the country not just the affluent people in the South East.”