Welsh government seeks to tackle care crisis

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A string of measures have been announced by the Welsh government in  a bid to ease growing strains on adult social care.

Under the Welsh draft budget for 2017/2018 the government is allocating £4.5m towards doubling the savings people can keep when entering residential care to £50,000.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “This is a budget to Take Wales Forward – it is about providing stability and ambition in uncertain times.

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“We continue to face ongoing cuts to our Budget as a result of decisions made by the UK government. We cannot hide from the challenges this presents.”

The draft pledges to invest in a new generation of integrated health and social services centres and recruit more nurses through an extended nurse staffing levels law.

Further pledges include retaining the Intermediate Care Fund and taking action to make Wales a dementia friendly country through implementing a new national dementia plan.

Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft has called for urgent action to tackle the growing care home crisis (see Urgent action requires to tackle Wales care home crisis).

Care leaders in England, meanwhile, have called for the government to release extra funding for the sector in its Autumn Statement on 23 November.

To read the draft document, click here.

 

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