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BREAKING NEWS: Chancellor announces social care funding boost

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Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced a £650m funding boost for local authorities for the provision of adult social care for 2019-20.

The cash injection comes on top of the £240m winter funding for social care announced earlier this month (see Government reveals LA allocations for £240m social investment).

The Chancellor also pledged an additional £45m for the disabilities facilities grant in 2018-19.

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He also committed a further £84m over the next five years to expand children’s social care programmes to 20 further councils.

The Chancellor said the funding announcement was designed to ease “immediate pressures” on local authorities in providing social care.

He said the move was move being shortly ahead of the Social Care Green Paper which would look at the long term future of the sector.

Martin Green, CEO, of Care England, said: “The Chancellor’s announcement does not go anywhere near the amount required to put social care funding on a sustainable foundation, and unless the money is ring fenced, there is no guarantee it will reach the front line.”

Nadra Ahmed, Chair of the National Care Association, added: “The National Care Association welcomes the announcement of additional funding to support vulnerable people being supported by social care providers and the courage to promise sustained investment.

“I look forward to analysing the detail to ensure that this funding will be available to front line services to start closing the gap in social care of over £3bn. Its a welcome start and one which we have lobbied hard for. We hope that it will have a direct impact on the people who need it most – vulnerable members of our society.”

Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group, branded the announcement as a “Halloween shock” for the 1.4m people currently living without care.

“The extra £650m to support social care is obviously welcome, but in reality it is just a drop in the ocean compared to what has been pledged for NHS care and to what is needed for social care,” Mike said.

“It goes nowhere near addressing the funding gap on social care, expected to be £3.5bn within seven years and the £7bn that has been cut from social care spending in the past eight years.

“This money, whilst welcome, is not going to address the crisis in social care that is seeing care homes close, homecare providers hand back unviable contracts, extra care providers struggling and, above all, 1.4m people going without the care they need.

“We desperately need to see the long-promised Green Paper, which we hope will set out a proper, long-term solution to the social care crisis.”

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  1. I agree with all the comments within the article that all the new funding is a mere drop in the ocean after the years of austerity cuts.

    Also if it is not ring fenced it will just trickle into other areas.

    However, even if it was fing-fenced the authorities could use the new money for Social care, but at the same time reduce the amount they woulld normally spend, in which effect there would be a status quo.

    What needs to be addressed is that councils should be advised what proportion of their budget should be used for Social Care and then the new money would be on top of that.

    But to do that Councils will need to know what the true cost of Social Care is, which I doubt many, if any will know as for years they have been refusing or reducing peoples care packages whn they should not have been.

    The vulnerable will still not be catered for.

    Also these vulnerable people will still be expected to make a contribution to the meagre care they receive, this should be treated as in health and should be free at the point of delivery.

    Perhaps Social Care should be withdrawn form local authorities and be placed with an orh=ganisation which will deliver both health and social care for that will be real intergration of services.

    We have a Minister for health and social care so the respective areas throughout the UK should be the same.

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