The government has today announced a further £150m for social care in response to rising pressure on the sector.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid has made the extra funds available following publication of the final local government finance settlement for 2018 to 2019.
Mr Javid said: “I am today announcing a further £150 million in 2018 to 2019 for an Adult Social Care Support Grant. This will be taken from anticipated underspend in existing departmental budgets, and will not affect existing revenue commitments made to local government.
“This will be allocated according to relative needs and we will expect to see councils use it to build on their progress so far in supporting sustainable local care markets.”
The MP said social care was a long-term challenge requiring a “sustainable settlement for the future”.
He added that the government’s Green Paper in the summer would set out its proposals for reform to secure a “resilient and sustainable system”.
Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “The new £150 million announced today is recognition of the LGA’s warning about the urgent need for the Government to further try and help councils tackle some of the immediate social care pressures they face.
“The additional one-off social care funding announced today is a temporary measure and needs to be compared against an annual social care funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020.”