The Chancellor’s announcement of an extra £2 billion for social care has been welcomed across the board by disability groups.
Dr Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), said that the government has woken up to the care crisis facing the country.
But he continued: Let us be under no illusion that huge issues continue to face people who rely on social care services. Unmet need is rising as fewer and fewer people are eligible for services, while some commissioners are also failing to meet statutory duties under the Care Act.”
Dr Hughes continued: “There is a big question mark over whether the sector needs yet another review on social care funding. But through the process of the Green Paper announced today, we need Government to work genuinely with people who rely on essential services, providers and commissioners to actively plan and crucially to deliver a sustainable social care sector.”
Chancellor Philip Hammond said the additional £2 billion of funding will allow local authorities to act now to commission new care packages.
Mr Hammond added that the Health and Communities secretaries would announce measures to support struggling local authorities and ensure more joined up working with the NHS.
Image: Getty, Philip Hammond unveils Budget Statement