Social care gets £2bn funding boost in 2017 budget

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[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]The Government made a significant move towards closing the growing gap in funding for adult social care in yesterday’s budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that councils will receive an extra £2bn to fund adult social care over the next three years.

Half of this cash will be released in 2017-18 to enable councils to act immediately to commission more social care packages and “relieve pressures on the NHS”. The rest of the funding will be provided in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The chancellor also said that the government’s proposals for future social care funding would be set out in a green paper to be introduced later this year.

This has been welcomed by Care England, which is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care in the country.

However, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive for Care England has warned that the Green Paper must lead to effective action.

He says: “Whilst the £2 billion additional funding over three years for adult social care is welcome it will only be an efficient use of tax payers’ money should the Green Paper on Adult Social Care deliver the reforms that are necessary to put the system on a stable footing”.
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