Care stakeholders have welcomed the government’s publication of its Better Care Fund Policy Framework.
The document includes details of how the additional £2bn for social care announced in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget will be spent.
Paul Hayes, commissioning operations director of Four Seasons Health Care, told Care Home Professional: “We welcome the additional funding and the renewed commitment to ensuring this is invested in front line care services.”
Councillor Linda Thomas, vice chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, added: “The £1 billion of additional social care funding this year, followed by £674 million in 2018/19 and £337 million in 2019/20, represents vital funding needed for services caring for the most vulnerable older and disabled people in our communities over the next three years. “
Councillor Thomas added that it was important the funding was used to meet adult social care need and to stabilise the care market as well as supporting hospital discharge.
She said: “it is important to remember that social care is about much more than just freeing up hospital bed space.
“It is about providing care and support for people to enable them to live more independent, fulfilled lives, not just older people, but those with mental health conditions, learning and physical disabilities.
“Hospitals account for only one in five adult social care referrals, and so this new funding may best ease pressure on NHS and council services by being directed at addressing wider pressures, such as reversing planned cuts to adult social care provision, which would exacerbate pressure on local health services.”