Andy Burnham called on Theresa May to guarantee that no council would face cuts in central government funding [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

It seems the Tories are playing politics with our crisis-hit social care system – rewarding some councils with more money to deal with it, while penalising others.

Has anyone checked to see who runs the councils that will benefit most? Are they Conservative-run councils, by any chance?

The simple fact is that all local authorities need cash to handle the crisis. Taking it away will only deepen the problems in places that need help.

But Tories don’t care about that. They care about votes. So they’ll divert cash to places that provide those votes.

One in three councils will lose money as a result of the government’s changes aimed at bailing out struggling social care services, Andy Burnham has said.

The former health secretary said on Wednesday that 57 local authorities would be worse off after the government diverted funds for incentivising new homes to one-off social care grants in 2017/18.

Councils could previously use the money from the new homes bonus for any purpose. Now this cash is being ringfenced for social care and redistributed among councils, creating some winners and losers, said Burnham – Labour’s candidate to be mayor of Greater Manchester.

He said in Greater Manchester there were four councils – Salford, Manchester, Bolton and Tameside – that would lose a combined £3.5m under the government’s changes.

Source: Third of councils to lose cash in social care changes, says Burnham | Society | The Guardian

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