LAs urged to ensure extra funds get to front line

Local authorities (LAs) are being urged to ensure the extra funding for social care announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget gets to the front line.

The Independent Care Group, which represents providers in York and North Yorkshire, has urged LAs to revisit the fees they pay to providers following the Chancellor’s announcement of an extra £2bn for the sector.

Chair Mike Padgham said: “Now that this extra funding is being made available by the government, it is only fair that the majority should be passed on to those providing the care and working hard on the front line, which is what the government intended.”

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“The government has said this money is to enable local authorities to take immediate action to fund care for more people, support social care providers in supplying that care and relieve pressure on the NHS.

“We are going back to our local authorities and asking them to revisit the fees they have said they will pay providers in the coming year in the light of the additional funding and seeking an improvement in the offer.

“It is vital that this extra money goes to providing care for the region’s oldest and most vulnerable adults, and doesn’t get swallowed up in bureaucracy.”

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