The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that an extra £150 million will be given to local authorities to fund social care. The announcement comes as multiple councils begin to look at emergency spending controls due to increasing financial pressure.
7 February 2018
Steve Scown, Chief Executive at Dimensions commented: “This funding will do little to reduce the ongoing crisis in social care. When we consider that there is a predicted shortfall of £2.3 billion in social care funding by 2020, it is clear that the proposed £150 million is a no answer to a real and growing problem.
“The announcement is perhaps more useful as an indicator of how close to tipping point the social care sector is. It is time for the government to acknowledge this crisis and act with proper funding solutions. If they don’t, people with learning disabilities and autism, and the many others who rely on social care to lead independent and fulfilling lives, will be left out in the cold.”
The announcement comes in the wake of plans to consult on long term funding for social care for older people – through a Green Paper that will exclude consideration of social care for working age adults with disabilities.
Scown continued, “people with learning disabilities and autism don’t even have a seat at the table when it comes to decisions on funding social care, yet we are already seeing the impact of financial pressures on people’s lives. The government need to listen to the people who use social care and act urgently to deliver a system that meets people needs.”