Union fears care plan will be watered down

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  • Unite union will urge councillors to support adoption of ethical care charter
  • Tory, Ukip and Labour members rejected debate over plans at latest full council debate
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FEARS have been raised plans to bring in an ethical care charter will be ‘swept under the carpet’ by Portsmouth’s Tory-run council.

City campaigners had hoped a debate into whether the authority should do more to help vulnerable people would be held by the full council at its latest meeting.

I am disappointed. If all the council were in agreement with it, they would have allowed it to be debated rather than just allow the Conservatives to make a decision on this.

Unite union conveyor Richard White

But Tory, Ukip and Labour councillors voted for it to go before the Tory cabinet.

Unite union conveyor Richard White, who represents council staff, doesn’t think it will be taken seriously now.

He said: ‘It will be watered down, because it will cost money to adopt.

‘We’re concerned it will just be swept under the carpet.’

Mr White added: ‘I’m disappointed.

‘If all the council were in agreement with it, they would have allowed it to be debated rather than just allow the Conservatives to make a decision on this.

‘We will be asking councillors to support this on an individual basis before the next cabinet.’

It comes despite Conservative council leader Donna Jones insisting she had no problem with considering the charter, which seeks to give carers a better wage and provide them more time with patients rather than stick to targets.