Cllr David Sprason said, "I am delighted that Paul has chosen me to be Party Spokesman for Welfare and Social Care. I previously was the Leader for Social Care in my authority and under my watch it was rated one of the best departments in the country. In that time I gained knowledge and understanding of how the welfare system impacts on the most vulnerable in our society.
"Our social care system has been underfunded by Labour and Conservative governments for years. The Social Care system is at breaking point, a recent LGA analysis puts the funding gap at £2.6 billion, which means more people are having to use their savings and sell their homes to pay for their care. The Chancellor's Autumn Statement did nothing to address the shortage in the funding gap.
"The welfare system should be available when it is people need it, instead we have a system that is actually targeting the most vulnerable in society. We need a reformed system that is not abused by welfare tourists, looks after those who cannot work, and does not act as a disincentive for people to find work.”
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "David’s experience in leading the Social Care department of his local authority has given him an invaluable insight that will form the bedrock of our Welfare and Social policy.
"Successive governments have created chaos and desperation across the welfare and social care systems, and David, through his experience and commitment, is excellently placed to offer meaningful solutions."