Government makes extra £1.5bn available for adult social care

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The government has confirmed an additional £1.5bn will be made available for adult social care.

In the provisional local government finance settlement for 2020-21, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed an additional £1bn for the sector combined with access to £500m through the 2% council tax precept.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “We recognise the importance of addressing the challenges in our social care system. This is why we want to build the same level of cross-party consensus on social care as we have with the NHS, to make far-reaching changes to the way these services are financed and delivered.”

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The MHCLG said the additional funding would mean local councils had access to £5.5bn in social care funding in 2020-21.

While welcoming the government’s publication of its financial settlement before Christmas, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said the extra funding was not a “sustainable solution” for social care.

Cllr Jamieson added: “Increasing council tax raises different amounts of money in different parts of the country, unrelated to need, and adds an extra financial burden on households. The government needs to follow through on its pledge bring forward proposals for long term reform of adult social care and how it is funded. The LGA has reiterated its offer to host cross party talks to take this work forward.”

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