The opportunity to shore up the fragile social care system must not be overlooked in the forthcoming autumn budget, according to a new report on the impact of decades of underfunding.
A stitch in time: the case for fundingsocial care issued today by VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), representing over 90 leading not-for-profit organisations supporting disabled people, describes the growing threat to the nation’s vital care and support services.
Voluntary and not-for-profit providers predominantly serve publicly-funded clients so are disproportionately affected by adult social care budget cuts. Local authorities’ planned savings for adult social care in 2018/19 are £700m, cumulative adult social care savings since 2010 have amounted to £7bn, and the government has yet again postponed its Green Paper on the long-term funding plan for adult social care.
Brexit exacerbates the threat to social care because the likely economic impact may lead to less public funding and potentially create instability in the sector’s labour market.
Source: Opportunity to strengthen social care in Autumn Budget | Care Industry News
Disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda has called for Chancellor Philip Hammond to be sacked over “shameful” comments blaming disabled people for the UK’s poor productivity. Hammond was speaking during Wednesday’s treasury select committee, when he was asked about the sluggish economic growth he had reported in the Autumn Budget. “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements,” said Mr Hammond.
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Source: Disabled people furious after Hammond blames them for sluggish economy : i News
LGA RESPONDS TO NHS CHIEF EXECUTIVE SIMON STEVENS’ SPEECH
Responding to NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens’ speech to the NHS Providers conference, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system.
“Adult social care services provide invaluable care and support for older and disabled people.
“Investing in social care keeps people out of hospital and living independent, dignified lives at home and in the community. It is the single best investment to alleviate pressure on our vital NHS services.
“Social care services face an annual funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020. Councils have long-argued that it is a false economy to pump money into the NHS whilst leaving social care chronically underfunded.
“While local government will have managed reductions to its core funding from central government totalling £16 billion between 2010 and 2020, we estimate that NHS spending will have increased by just under £20 billion over the same period.
“As a nation we urgently need to recognise the importance of adult social care and prevention of poor health. We need to shift perceptions and make adult social care just as important in the public eye and within government as the NHS.
“The Government should use this month’s Autumn Budget to set out how it plans to tackle the crisis in adult social care as well as the NHS to deliver a long-term sustainable solution that works for adults of all ages.
“We are also calling on the Government to reverse the planned cuts to councils’ public health budgets and renew its commitment to prevention as a fundamental priority of its health policy.”
Source : There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system : Care Industry News
“Social care faces an annual funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020. It is vital that the Government sets out in the Autumn Budget how it will address the social
Source: Autumn Budget must address social care funding gap | Care Industry News