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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

£2 billion for social care good news, if used for front-line services - 08/03/2017

In the Spring Budget (08 March 2017), Chancellor Philip Hammond announced grant funding of £2 billion for adult social care funding over the next 3 years, including £1 billion available in 2017-18.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"At first sight, the Chancellor's budget appears to be good news for the social care sector in the short term. While councils are expected to spend public money wisely, there are few apparent measures in today's announcement to ensure that this additional funding reaches front-line social care services where it is most needed, rather than plugging gaps in existing budgets.

"It has been encouraging to hear Government acknowledge the pressures on the social care system, and that it will publish a green paper later this year to look at longer term solutions to support care services for older and disabled people. We should be aware, however, that green papers do not themselves create a change in Government policy, so optimism about the long term future must be tempered by an awareness that a sustainable solution is still some way off. For any long-term solution to be effective, government must fully involve provider organisations in shaping a new direction for adult social care."

In relation to the UK's devolved administrations, UKHCA notes that the Chancellor's announcement relates to adult social care in England. As social care in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are devolved matters, governments in each administration will need to decide how to prioritise spending on adult social care from any increases in their spending power announced by the Chancellor today.

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Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,000 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

3. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
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