Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced an extra £2bn for social care over the next three years.
The additional funding includes £1bn to be made available in 2017-18.
“The system is clearly under pressure and this in turn puts pressure on our NHS,” the Chancellor said.
“This [funding] will allow local authorities to act now to commission new care packages and forms a bridge to Better Care Funding becoming available at the end of the Parliament.”
The Chancellor added that the Health and Communities secretaries would announce measures to support struggling local authorities and ensure more joined up working with the NHS.
Mr also said the government would also be releasing a Green Paper on options for the future financing of social care later this year.
“Those options do not include exhuming Labour’s hated ‘death tax’,” the Chancellor added.