Parkinson’s UK raises concerns about the UK government’s Autumn 2015 Statement

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Author: Almaz OhenePublished: 27 November 2015

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The charity Parkinson’s UK has raised concerns about how the money pledged towards the NHS and social care in the latest Spending Review will benefit people with Parkinson’s.

The £10bn previously promised to improve NHS in the next year has been reduced to £6bn and Parkinson’s UK is “concerned about the £22bn of efficiency savings announced, and the impact of a 25% cut to the Department of Health’s budget.”

Local authorities in England will be able to choose whether to raise council tax by 2% for social care. This could mean that council tax bills increase to pay for improved social care. However, this isn’t compulsory for councils and the charity claims that this could increase the lottery of social provision.

Parkinson’s UK said: “The money promised today [25 Nov 2015] doesn’t even come close. And the plan that local authorities collect this money via council tax is deeply concerning”

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