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At Least 130,000 Trapped in Social Care Debt
At least 130,000 people are trapped in social care debt, a study by GMB Union has revealed. The shocking figures, discussed at GMB’s Annual Congress in Brighton today amount to one in three of all people who pay for their social care. More than 93,000 people are facing debt management proceedings as a result of their social care debt, with more than 1,700 facing legal action. GMB Union submitted Freedom of Information requests to every local authority in Great Britain with responsibility for social care.The true figures are likely to be higher as some authorities didn't respond. GMB, the union for care workers, has helped launch an All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care (APPG Social Care) to look at the care system, funding and state of staffing in the sector. The union also entered into an agreement with care provider HC-One last summer to launch Careforce, a dedicated campaign to look at professionalisation, skills and the prestige of the care sector. Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: “Our care system isn’t just in crisis - it’s crumbling beneath our feet.“Almost 100,000 people facing debt collectors over unpaid charges, almost 2,000 facing legal action - this is an increasingly desperate state of affairs. “Meanwhile care companies are going to the wall, councils are starved of cash and our under-staffed, underpaid and overworked members do their best against the rising tide of need. “The way we fund our care system needs a radical overhaul - at the same time we need support, progression and pay structures to inspire new carers and retain outstanding staff. “Instead of taking action, this Tory Government keeps kicking the Green Paper on social care into the long grass when they should be coming forward with a coherent plan to properly fund our care sector."    ...
GMB ‘shocked’ by ‘hammer blow’ Ford Bridgend closure
GMB, the union for Ford workers in Bridgend, has reacted with shock to today’s announcement....
£8 MILLION CUTS TO DERBYSHIRE YOUTH SERVICE MEAN JOBS IN JEOPARDY AND RISK OF CRIME WAVE SAYS GMB
Cuts to the Youth Service are just another attack by the Tories on a vital public service they see as an easy target says GMB Union...
GMB DEMANDS URGENT MEETING WITH WALMART OVER £12 BILLION ASDA STOCKMARKET FLOAT
Walmart needs to remember they are playing with people’s lives while they try to make billions on the stock market....
ASOS WORKERS THREATENED WITH BAILIFFS AFTER PAYROLL CHAOS
Some workers say they have had incorrect deductions from their pay stretching back many months says GMB Union...
Major Wilko strike looms over weekend working
A major strike is looming at Wilko over the company’s decision to force staff to work weekends. ...
GMB SPONSORED MATCH SEES EMERGENCY SERVICES DO BATTLE IN RUGBY CHARITY GAME
The first ever GMB sponsored charity Rugby League match between the Ambulance and Fire service is to be held in Yorkshire – with the help of former Super League and Test star, Garreth Carvell....
STRIKING NHS WORKERS WIN AFTER £1.2 BILLION OUTSOURCING GIANT AGREES WAGE RISE
It’s a yes! Says GMB Union as members get porridge back on hospital menus....
ASDA STAFF REVOLT OVER ENFORCED CONTRACT CHANGE FOR 60,000 STAFF AFTER FAILED SAINSBURYS MERGER
Nine in ten Asda staff oppose imposition of ‘flexible’ contract that could leave thousands worse off, bombshell GMB Union survey reveals...
NHS workers to strike after £1.2 billion outsourcing giant imposes 'poverty' pay
 NHS catering workers at two hospitals have voted to strike after a £1.2 billion outsourcing giant refused to up their poverty wages....
AT LEAST 1 IN 4 FOSTER CARERS FACE ‘NIGHTMARE’ OF FALSE ALLEGATIONS, GMB REVEALS AT CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
GMB Union calls reform to allegations’ process which sees foster children ripped from their home and causes heartbreak for foster carers...
BARNSLEY HOSPITAL PROTEST AT PRIVATE COMPANY’S ‘BRUTAL’ PAY CHANGES
Low paid staff being offered bridging loans while directors and shareholders get millions is disgraceful, says GMB Union....
GMB CALLS ON ASDA TO NEGOTIATE OVER CONTRACT CHANGES AFFECTING 60,000 PEOPLE
Workers would lose paid meal breaks and have to work bank holidays but get a pay rise under new terms....
GMB SET TO JOIN MAJOR NHS DEMO IN LEEDS
Privatisation is demoralising the NHS workforce and undermining standards of care. It’s time for Ministers to listen to NHS workers and managers and end the outsourcing and privatisation of our NHS, says GMB Union as it gears up to join one of the biggest NHS demos....
Sainsbury's and ASDA offer to sell 150 stores 'desperate and disrespectful'
GMB has branded Sainsbury’s and ASDA ‘desperate and disrespectful’ after the supermarkets offered to sell 150 stores to get their merger through....
Interserve handed £660 million taxpayer contracts months before facing collapse
Interserve was handed £660 million worth of public contracts in the months before facing collapse, GMB Union has revealed....
JO COX CHARITY RUN: GMB TO SPONSOR EVENT IN HONOUR OF MURDERED MP
The Run for Jo is a fantastic way to remember Jo Cox and everything that she stood for says GMB Union...
GMB UNION MOVE TO OPPOSE ASDA/SAINSBURY’S MERGER AFTER 'STAGGERING' CMA FINDINGS
Union warns that lives, livelihoods and communities are on the line, not just share prices.   ...
Tory zero tariffs will 'tear heart from UK manufacturing'
GMB has criticised Greg Clarke after he refused to rule out imposing zero tariffs which would ‘rip the heart’ out of UK manufacturing....
Hermes and GMB in Groundbreaking Gig Economy Deal
Hermes’ self-employed couriers now have the option to take holiday pay and have guaranteed earnings following a ground-breaking deal between the leading consumer delivery company and GMB Union....