“We remain concerned that the money allocated to social care from the Health and Care Levy will not be enough to fund the Government’s previously announced reforms."
Responding to the Spending Review announcement on adult social care funding, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic and it is disappointing that no additional funding to address existing pressures on care and support have been provided.
“We remain concerned that the money allocated to social care from the Health and Care Levy will not be enough to fund the Government’s previously announced reforms. The levy is a ready-made source of additional funding that could be directed towards frontline social care, to help ease pressures and provide a degree of stability in the immediate and near future.
“It is likely that councils will continue to struggle to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act and we are troubled that only £200 million is available in 2022/23 to support the introduction of reform, particularly if the Government expects councils to begin moving towards a fair rate for care in the first year of the reform programme. The Government should confirm its expectations at the earliest opportunity.
“Councils are concerned that this will leave little or nothing to pay for other long-standing underfunded priorities, such as investing in prevention, care worker pay, quality, access, innovation and new models of care, and meeting unmet and under-met need.”