23rd November 2017
Budget misses opportunity to address social care challenges
The Autumn Budget statement made no mention of social care. Neither was there any supplementary information contained in the Budget red book. The Treasury could have used the Budget to pivot focus ahead of the social care Green Paper consultation, now due next summer, around pump-priming additional funding to close the social care funding gap across local communities. Future Care Capital feels that the Chancellor has missed an opportunity to set in motion government action to deal with pressing social care concerns.
It is good news that NHS England will receive an extra £2.8bn over the next three years. The Budget red book confirmed that a significant amount of the £2.8bn will be targeted towards addressing performance targets on both waiting times in Accident and Emergency and after patients have been referred for treatment. An immediate £350m will be available to help this year’s winter pressures.
There will be a review of NHS staff pay. The Chancellor said he is committed to helping fund part of a future pay settlement, subject to negotiations with health unions who are in talks with the Health Secretary over pay structure modernisation. These talks will cover productivity, recruitment and retention in the health service. The Independent NHS Pay Review Body will recommend the level of pay reward after talks have concluded.
The biggest headline for the NHS was the announcement of £10bn capital investment recommended by the review on NHS property and estates. Future Care Capital has looked closely at the Budget red book and it is clear that the Treasury is using a number of sources to help fund this, namely use of proceeds from selling surplus NHS land, buildings and private finance investment (PFI) deals.
The Government has allocated much needed funding to the NHS, but health officials are concerned that the gap hasn’t been closed sufficiently enough to deal with all the major challenges faced by the health service.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“Additional funding announced in the Autumn Budget for NHS England and extra capital health investment should be welcomed, but we cannot escape the fact that the Chancellor has missed an important strategic opportunity to set in motion more support to tackle social care challenges. The social care consultation next year is still a long way away. Future Care Capital believes social care funding should have been a central pillar of this year’s Budget. Future Budget statements should contain combined health and social care announcements as a lack of provision in one or both of these areas of provision will have a knock-on effect for patients and care users alike.
“The key problem is that funding alone will not solve present social care challenges. Ministers will need to deliver a long-term National Care Plan, backed by cross-party consensus. To achieve this, we are proposing a Care Covenant – an agreement between the state and the public – which sets out a commitment to support the health and care needs of everyone.”
Notes to Editors
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About Future Care Capital (FCC)
FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.
Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have Her Majesty the Queen as its Royal Patron.
Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity has now embarked on its next chapter.
The Trustees have developed a detailed strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved a 10-year business plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:
Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.
Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.
Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.
Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.
Key Goals and Aspirations:
- Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
- to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
- sustainably grow impact.
The charity has adopted an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.
The charity’s core offerings are delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:
Evidence based Advocacy – Developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.
Innovation Investment Fund – In pursuance of FCC’s charitable mission, the charity will deploy its resources to identify and support innovation through the launch of a dedicated investment fund. The fund will invest in early stage technology based health and care entities with high societal benefit.
Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.