More money for social care

Councillors and others have told me that Wokingham and West Berkshire need more money to help provide good quality care services. I have regularly put this case to Ministers in public and private.

It is good news that in the budget the government promises an additional £240 m this year for adult social care, and the same again next year. There is in addition an extra £410 m next year for adult and children’s social care. We await the distribution of these sums between Councils. There is also an additional £55 m this year for Disabled Facilities grants for children and adults.

The government is also working on a Green (consultative) paper on adult social care to put the funding of this service on a “fairer and more sustainable footing”.

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  1. Alan Jutson
    Posted October 30, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I have never understood why this Social Care commitment falls onto the Local Authorities.

    Given we have a National scheme with National rules, surely it makes sense that it is funded properly by the Government as a whole, rather than Local Authorities having to beg for money to cover the cost.

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