Leaders have reacted angrily after the Chancellor found no new money for social care in the Autumn Budget.
While an extra £2.8bn was made available for the NHS over three years, no money was found for social care.
Martin Green, CEO of Care England, said: “The Budget announcement of increases in the new Living Wage without any extra money for social care, will further undermine the stability of the sector.
“Unless local authorities pay these increases in the fees to care providers, we will see many services unable to continue and this will reduce the capacity in the system, at a time of demographic change and increased need.”
Margaret Wilcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said she was “extremely disappointed” by the lack of extra funding.
“The extra funding for the NHS will not be as effective without extra money for adult social care, which remains in a perilously fragile state,” she added.
“Adult social care needs to be tackled as urgently and at least as equally as the needs of the NHS, in a way which recognises the inter-dependency of these services and encourages a collaborative approach.”
Jeremy Hughes, CEO at Alzheimer’s Society, said funding the NHS and not social care was “just filling up a bucket with holes in it” and accused the Government of ducking an opportunity.
Chair of the Independent Care Group Mike Padgham said the Budget, which followed the Government’s postponement of its social care Green Paper (see Social care Green Paper schedule for Summer 2018), amounted to a “double whammy” for the sector.
Vic Rayner, National Care Forum Executive Director, commented: “The Chancellor’s decision not to address the funding shortfall in social care within today’s budget is a disservice to the critical lifeline that social care represents everyday on the lives of the millions of people who use services and those that care for them. Whilst we welcome the short term injection in health funding, this will not directly address the needs of social care.”