Budget 2017 is a huge disappointment for those who depend social care

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Following today’s Autumn Budget, presented to Parliament by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, United Kingdom Homecare Association’s Chief Executive, Bridget Warr CBE, commented:

“The Budget is a huge disappointment for the social care sector and the older and disabled people whom we support.  Once again there is no mention of funding for social care services, and not enough help for health services.

“A Social Care Green Paper, promised in the Budget last spring, has now been delayed until the summer of 2018, and will not, in itself, provide a solution to the current challenges faced by care providers, or the councils which commission the majority of care.  The Government must not kick social care into the long grass again.

“Government cannot continue to ignore the evidence from providers, commissioners, sector analysts and health service colleagues on the risks to people. 

“With winter bound to add extra demands, we are concerned that homecare services are being pushed closer to the point of collapse by Government’s inactivity.  We call for Government to take urgent action to fund social care services adequately and ensure they remain viable.”

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