The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has today announced funding of £2 billion over the next three years for the social care system in England. We’re pleased that the Government has finally recognised the challenges facing a chronically underfunded system. The £1bn that will be available in 2017-18 is the bare minimum needed to keep the system afloat this year.
For months, we’ve been joining health sector leaders, councils and campaigners calling on the Government to urgently address the dire state of the social care system. £5 billion was cut from the adult social care budget in the last parliament, leaving more than a million people without the care they need. Read on.