An extra £1 billion pledged for adult social care this week will only keep the current system “tottering” along for another year, a leading charity figurehead has warned.
The amount was promised in The Chancellor’s Spending Review as the government also announced it will consult on a 2% precept that will enable councils to access a further £500m for adult social care.
Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK and co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said: “Although the devil is often in the detail when it comes to Government spending announcements, on the face of it the extra money announced for social care in 2020/21 should help to keep our current care system tottering along for another year. It should also hopefully mean that local authorities will not have to cut back their care spending this autumn, as many had warned was likely.
“However, the care system is in such bad shape that this new money, welcome as it is, will only buy some time for the next 12 months, it will not be sufficient to address the strategic challenges care faces, including sky high turnover among staff.”
Mrs Abrahams said the full extent of the government’s care reform plan remained to be seen.
“For many millions of sick and disabled adults, older people in declining health and family carers, and for our many dedicated paid care workers too, this plan cannot come too soon. How useful this money will be will depend on how long the Government takes to act on implementing a new action plan for social care. We will certainly hold this Government to its pledges.”