Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced that he is to commit £1.5 billion in new funding for social care.
The extra funding for social care is comprised of £1 billion through a new grant and £500 million through the adult social care precept.
Care England Chief Executive Professor Martin Green welcomed the funding. He said: “If the Chancellor had neglected social care his Comprehensive Spending Review it would have morphed into an incomprehensive spending review as it is essential to set the books straight for social care.”
He added: “It is right social care is allocated a greater share of the joint resources”. However, he warned that the funding “must reach the front line”. He said Care England will seek to work with the Treasury to ensure that the extra funding is delivered to front line care services.
Responding to the announcement, The King’s Fund Director of Policy Sally Warren said: “In the context of a one-year settlement, today’s commitments to extra funding are better news for health and social care services than may have been expected.
“NHS England already benefits from a five-year financial settlement, but the decision not to commit to a longer-term settlement for the rest of the health and care system will leave the NHS, social care and public health without the certainty needed to stabilise and improve services as set out the NHS Long-term Plan."
Age UK Charity Director Caroline Abrahams said the amount pledged wouldn’t last long with current demand. She added: “The care system is in such bad shape that this new money, welcome as it is, will only buy some time for the next 12 months, it will not be sufficient to address the strategic challenges care faces, including sky-high turnover among staff.
“For this we will have to wait for the Government’s care reform plan which the Chancellor promised we would see ‘in due course’ today. For many millions of sick and disabled adults, older people in declining health and family carers, and for our many dedicated paid care workers too, this plan cannot come too soon.”
Last reviewed 10 September 2019