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NEWSFLASH: Government to publish social care White Paper

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Care Minister Gillian Keegan is expected to unveil a long-awaited White Paper on the future of social care to Parliament later today.

Labelled as a key component of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”, however, the White Paper is expected to include no new funding for the sector.

The proposals are expected to include plans to invest part of the £5.4bn raised from the new health and social care tax in the development of extra care facilities and improving technology used in care settings such as digital care planning and fall detection devices.

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Funding is also expected for staff training and career development, as well as respite care for families and for council administration of the social care cap.

No announcements are expected on boosting care worker pay, however, and stemming existing staff shortages.

Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group (ICG) said: “There is much to be welcomed in the White Paper, including plans to invest in extra care housing and in new technology.

“However, there is no promise of any more funding, which is what the sector needs today and tomorrow to be able to deliver the care we need.

“We understand that many of the measures outlined are looking to the future, which is good, but what we really need is action today.”

The ICG is supporting the call by ADASS for an immediate £1,000 bonus payment to help retain staff with around 400,000 people awaiting an assessment for their care needs.

A Department of Health and Social care spokesperson said: “We appreciate the dedication and tireless work of social care staff throughout the pandemic.

“Care homes and home care providers are now benefiting from the new £162.5m workforce retention and recruitment fund to assist local authorities and care providers in working together to ease workforce pressures in a variety of ways.

“The government is investing at least £500m in training to support the care workforce as part of the £5.4bn to reform social care.”

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  1. ‘No announcements are expected on boosting care worker pay,…’ Care worker pay is set by their employers and it their choice to pay as little as possible to maximise profits as much as possible. .Time there was a cap in frofits included too

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