A Free Universal Care System Is Possible

Lord Prim Sikka, a member of the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Accounting at Essex and Sheffield Universities:

  • slams the Government’s announcement that the  NI Tax hike on the future social care funding as regressive and fails to address social, healthcare and pension crises.
  • argues that the Government did not have to hit retirees and the less well-off.
  • billions could be raised through progressive measures.

See his full analysis at:

https://leftfootforward.org/2021/09/prof-prem-sikka-tax-hike-is-regressive-and-fails-to-address-social-healthcare-and-pension-crises

Sikka  an advocate of a free universal social care system.

On 31 August he posted a talk on the Elderly Social Care Bill in the House of Lords.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhIjpNktXqE

 In response to a Guardian article about care workers leaving for other jobs at

www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/04/care-workers-in-england-leaving-for-amazon-and-other-better-paid-jobs  he tweeted:

‘Privatization of social care in England is a disaster: low wages, high staff turnover, 170,000 vacancies, lack of training, 41,000 care home workers have received no vaccine; profiteering by corporations. Personalized care is impossible. End privatization.’

He will explain his ideas for a free universal care system in a TUC Zoom session on Tuesday 21 September (1-3pm)

Beverley Morrison of the National Pensioners Convention will also talk on the Over 70s TV Licence Campaign.

To join the Zoom meeting please register with

dlewis@tuc.org.uk or 020 7467 1220

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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