The Chancellor has announced additional grant funding of £2 billion for social care in England over the next three years, with £1 billion available in 2017/18. The government has said that one of the aims of this announcement is to allow local authorities time to plan and commission care packages around the additional grant funding now.
Other new key health and care announcements included in the Budget:
“Additional funding for social care across England should be welcomed, but we cannot escape the reality that a fundamental rethink of the health and care system is needed now to ensure the long-term sustainability of services across the country. It is good news that the government will publish a green paper later this year on the future of social care – this is an opportunity to shape a new consensus around the current debate. “Future Care Capital has set out a positive vision for the health and care system in 2030. We want to see a new agreement between the state and public, which sets out a commitment to support the health and care needs of everyone throughout their life. This could be achieved through a Care Covenant, which we are developing, to set out a renewed strategic ambition to deliver the best possible outcomes for the public, that are socially and organisationally borderless." Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of FCC