EDITOR’S COLUMN: The government needs to act now on growing social care crisis
This week The Bucks Herald explored the issue of adult social care - and the problems faced by Bucks County Council to provide services for an increasing aging population.
When I started on local newspapers a decade ago we would think nothing of challenging councils on seemingly needless or cruel cuts to services.
We frequently highlighted where money was being wasted, and where not enough money was being spent - it was an important part of our job.
That was no matter what the political persuasion of the council or councillor involved, and local newspapers pride themselves on their political neutrality.
But times have changed for our councils - and after rounds and rounds of government imposed cuts, which last year resulted in a complete slash of the government grant for Bucks County Council - it is clear that all services are being stripped back to the bone. This is bad news for local people - especially our most vulnerable and it is the government’s fault.