Council leader dragged into PMQ row over healthcare funding

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Jeremy Corbyn quoted Warwickshire County Council leader Izzi Seccombe in the House of Commons today.

THE leader of Warwickshire County Council was quoted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an example of what he described as a “tragic” underfunding of the NHS and social care services in Parliament earlier today, Wednesday.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Mr Corbyn quoted Cllr Izzi Seccombe as saying the county council’s funding for adult social care was being ‘cut to the bone’.

In a heated exchange with Theresa May he said there was a £1.3billion gap in funding for social care.

Warwickshire County Council leader, Izzi Seccombe.
Warwickshire County Council leader, Izzi Seccombe.

“There is a tragic parallel going on between the underfunding of the NHS and and an underfunded social care system all over the country and she knows it, and she might care to listen to the Tory leader of Warwickshire council, Izzi Seccombe, who says that her council has been cut to the bone and saves on social care.

“We have a £1.3billlion gap that is not being funded and it is a real crisis is every social services department all over the country and indeed in almost every NHS hospital.

“Next year this government is handing back £605million in corporation tax cuts, rising to £1.6billion the year after that, rising to £7.5billion over five year.

“Can the Prime Minister explain to the more than one million elderly people who are not getting the care that they need, to the four million on an NHS waiting list, to the millions of pensioners worried about losing the protect of the triple lock why there is not a penny more.

“Where is this government’s real sense of priorities?”

Mrs May responded by insisting the Conservatives were spending £3.8billion more on the NHS this year, when under Labour it would have been £1.3billion.

“Social care funds are going up under this government. At the last election the then Shadow Chancellor, more recently of Strictly, said local authorities would get ‘not a penny more’.

“Conservatives are putting money into the NHS and social care, Labour would deny it.”

Prime Minister Theresa May insisted funding for the NHS and social care was rising under the Conservatives.
Prime Minister Theresa May insisted funding for the NHS and social care was rising under the Conservatives.