Budget: “inadequate” and “temporary” on social care

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The main issue of concern to many older people and
their families in the budget is that of social care funding.
Once again the Chancellor reiterated that the Green
Paper on social care would be published shortly, but
did not give any details.
Instead he announced an extra £650m for local councils
to fund social care services for the coming year. In
the small print however, £240m of that money has been
put aside for the NHS. This means that only £410m has
been earmarked for social care – well short of the
£2.35bn funding gap highlighted by the Association of
Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).
The Budget has therefore been widely criticised by professionals
and campaigners as being both “inadequate”
and “temporary” in its approach to social care.
From NPC Budget Briefing

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