Leading care organisations have called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide extra funding for social care in this month’s Spending Review.
More than 50 charities have written to the Chancellor calling on him to give local authorities a funding settlement that enables them to stabilise, strengthen and ultimately improve the care services on offer in their areas over the three-year Spending Review period.
Additionally, an open letter from the Social Institute for Excellence, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, Think Local Act Personal, the Care and Support Alliance, and In Control calls for immediate funding to stabilise the sector and provide a better deal for social care workers.
Care England added its voice to the chorus calls for immediate action in a written submission to the Treasury.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “We have used Care England’s submission as yet another mechanism to drive home to government the precarious state of the adult social care sector with particular reference to the workforce and funding crises.
“We have offered some constructive solutions as to how the government can alleviate this situation and hope that we can work with them to deliver the sustainable development of adult social care.”
The submission includes a number of immediate proposals, including investment and policy change to ensure the sustainability of the sector in the winter months, clarity regarding the government’s Building Back Better Plan and adding all care workers to the Shortage Occupation List.
Long term proposals include a ten-year workforce plan, levelling up pay and rewards in the adult social care sector, and sufficient support and funding for bodies such as Skills for Care.
The Comprehensive Spending Review is due on 27 October alongside the Autumn Budget.