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Budget 2017: £2bn funding boost for Social Care
£2bn is being injected into adult social care funding across the next three years, the government announced in yesterday’s budget.
According to Chancellor Philip Hammond £1bn of this funding will be released in 2017-18 to give councils the chance to “act now” in order to “relieve pressures on the NHS”. Thereafter, the rest of the funding will be released in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
The chancellor also stated that the proposals for future social care funding will be set out in a green paper later this year.
In order to ensure that struggling authorities improve their practice, the councils will have to work with NHS colleagues to spend the money wisely – a similar approach to that of the Better Care Fund that was introduced in the 2015 autumn statement.
The ‘improved’ Better Care Fund saw the introduction of a 2% council tax levy to raise funds for adult's social care.
“The BCF will provide £105m to councils this year, £825m in 2018-19, and £1.5bn in 2019-20.” According to Community Care.
Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said: “We welcome this important step towards closing the growing gap in Government funding for adult social care.
“We are keen to build a consensus on a long-term, sustainable solution about how we provide and pay for care for years to come, and we hope the Green Paper helps to achieve that.”