New Money Must Reach the Front Line
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to £1.5 billion new money for social care in his Spending Review today.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says: “If the Chancellor had neglected social care his Comprehensive Spending Review it would have morphed into an incomprehensive spending review as it is essential to set the books straight for social care. This money is extremely welcome but it must reach the front line”.
Following on from a meeting with Treasury officials, Care England’s CSR submission outlined the case for the need for more resources, identified market pressures, means to improve efficiency and productivity, the key barriers to improving care delivery and sustainability, focused on workforce issues, critique of commissioning, and the contribution of the social care sector to the country’s communities and economy. Care England’s submission makes clear that inaction over social care is deeply damaging for the future sustainability of the NHS and the implementation of its Long Term Plan and suggests that any government health policy must be seen within this context.
Care England has welcomed the money in the Spending Review and will seek to work with the Treasury to ensure that it is delivered to front line care services.
Martin Green continues: “In an integrated health and social care system which the Government aspires to it is right that social care is allocated a greater share of the joint resources. Our latest research demonstrates that some 30 councils are paying providers less than £500 per week for residential care. Such dismally low fee levels barely allow many providers to fulfill their minimum statutory obligations, let alone invest the necessary resources to ensure the longer-term stability of their organisations. Thus, our representations to the Treasury made clear that low levels of funding are one key component of why many providers are currently being forced to close their services”.
Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
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