No extra funding for social care in Autumn Statement 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Yesterday's Autumn Statement announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond, has seen a rise in the National Living Wage from £7.20 to £7.50 from April next year. You can see the other key points to the Autumn Statement here.

Instead of announcing more funding for Social Care, rising staff costs was the bitter pill prescribed to the social care sector by Chancellor Hammond’s 2016 Autumn Statement.

Proffessor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, which represents care home providers, said: “The increases to the living wage, which do not appear to be funded by increases in social care funding, could lead to significant numbers of job losses.

Commenting on the Chancellor’s first and last Autumn Statement, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care has expressed its disappointment.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England said,  “Yet again the Chancellor has ignored social care. In doing so the Government needs to be prepared for the detrimental impact on families, local economies and the NHS.  Social care needs to be a priority, indeed in some regions it is a huge employer and stability is crucial for those in receipt of care and those in its employment”.

As expected, the Chancellor raised the National Living Wage, from £7.20 to £7.50 by April 2017.  Whilst the adult social care sector applauds this, it needs to be accompanied by commensurate funding for the sector. 

Martin Green continues:

“Unfortunately the lack of investment in social care spells disaster in the NHS and potentially a perpetual winter”.

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