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Mixed Reception from the Care Sector to Today’s Spring Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond

As reported by Care Home UK, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s social care provision announced in today’s Spring Budget has received a mixed reception.

An additional £2bn is to be provided to social care over the next three years, with £1bn available in 2017-18. This was described as a bridge to the Better Care Fund, additional money back loaded towards the end of the parliament.

The Chancellor also announced that a Green Paper would be published later this year covering the long-term challenges of funding social care in the UK.

Martin Green, chief executive for Care England, the representative body for independent care providers, said:

“The Chancellor’s Spring Budget has quite rightly acknowledged the precarious state of adult social care. 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”.

By contrast, Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), described the extra £2bn as a ‘sticking plaster’ on the crisis the sector is facing.

The full story, with other viewpoints, can be accessed here.

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