Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has called for free social care to be provided for vulnerable, elderly and disabled people.
Natalie Bennett said Britain “could afford to pay for social care for all who need it, were it not for the misguided policy of austerity”.
Her comments come as the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) warned that a funding boost is required to protect elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.
Natalie Bennett said: “This is yet another case where the most vulnerable people in our society pay the price for the Government’s failure to fund essential services – and the jobs that would provide them.
“These drastic cuts are causing suffering among the elderly and disabled in the world’s sixth richest economy, which could afford to pay for social care for all who need it, were it not for the misguided policy of austerity, which was only this week criticised by the IMF.
“The Green Party believes that in a decent, humane, caring society social care should be free for all who need it, so that our elderly and disabled can live dignified, fulfilling lives.”
The Green Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto included a pledge to: “Provide free social care as well as free healthcare for older people”.
According to the Greens, free social care for all who need it would cost an additional £8 billion a year initially, rising to £9 billion by the end of this Parliament.