EXCLUSIVE: Care leaders step up calls for more government funding

Professor Martin Green

Care leaders have stepped up the pressure for the government to release more money to support the sector in the run-up to the Autumn Statement.

CEO of Care England Martin Green (pictured) called for at least £1.5bn additional money for the sector and along with a signal from the government that care will be a “national priority”.

“If the Prime Minister is going to deliver on her commitment to  ‘supporting struggling families’ she will have to ensure the government enables a strong and sustainable social care sector,” Martin said.

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He called for recognition that the care sector is an important part of the national infrastructure that is “inextricably linked” to the performance of the NHS and that it requires a national as well as a local strategy to ensure long-term stability.

Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, added: “I would like not to be disappointed most of all by the Chancellor’s failure to recognise the crucial role of social care provision.

“It would be a step change from the new administration, if they used the opportunity to plug the £1.9 million deficit predicted and a sustainable financial plan which undertook to create pathways to a robust solution for social care, which in turn would support the challenges of the NHS.”

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