County Council leader welcomes Budget's social care boost
Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week's Budget
in which extra money for social care and a commitment to address
its long-term funding was announced.
In his budget on Wednesday (March 8th), the Chancellor announced
an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for
social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year.
Hammond also revealed that options for sustainably funding social
care in the long-term will be set out in a Green Paper later this
Councillor John Osman has been highlighting the massive financial
challenges faced by local authorities in meetings with Local Government
ministers in recent weeks.
the Autumn statement, the County Council Leader wrote to the Chancellor
setting out the pressures Somerset faces and urging him to find
a way to provide for the "adequate, sustainable funding of
"Of course, we dont yet know exactly what this will mean
for Somerset but any additional money is hugely welcome," said
"Just as important is the commitment to look at future funding
for social care which is something we, and other local authorities,
have been calling for for a long time. Im glad our voice has
finally been heard."
In 2015/16 Somersets spend on supporting vulnerable adults,
(including support for older people, people with physical disabilities,
mental health services and support for people with learning disabilities)
was £139.9m. Thats more than £383,000 per day
and an £8m increase over three years as more people live longer
with multiple health conditions and the cost of care placements
and home care rise.
Cllr Osman said: "This is a massive area of spend for this
authority that makes sure vulnerable and elderly people are given
the support they need to stay healthy and independent for as long
will follow the progress of the Green paper closely and do everything
we can to ensure it suitably addresses one of the biggest issues
facing local authorities across the country."