Unrest rumbles in the Tory shires over social care pressures


Rebellion is brewing in the Tory shires over pressures on social care services.

Sky News reported up to 15 Tory MPs are threatening to vote against the Government’s Local Government Finance Settlement next Wednesday.

Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham in Shropshire, said: “The councils have now cut back on inefficiencies right down to the bone. We have stood aside and watched as they have made efficiencies.

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“But now they are gnawing away at the bone and they cannot meet the huge running costs of social care services.”

Mr Kawczynski said half a dozen MPs were serious about rebelling over the issue with up to 30 MPs expressing concerns.

A significant rebellion by Tory MPs could derail the finance settlement with the Government reliant on an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to secure a working majority.

The Government published its provisional local government finance settlement in December.

The consultation paper gives councils greater powers to raise taxes to cover social care costs (see Councils given greater flexibility to cover social care costs).

Tory MPs led by Mr Kawczynski are now demanding the Chancellor comes up with extra cash to deal with the growing social care crisis.

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