The Government announced its Spending Review today.
Carers Trust has noted the main announcements which relate to carers:
- An extra £1.5bn for the Better Care Fund by 2020
- Councils are permitted to raise council tax by 2% to pay for social care
- Health and social care to be integrated by the end of the decade
- £600m extra funding for talking therapies
- £10bn extra towards the NHS, with £6bn provided next year; £0.5tn to the NHS over this Parliament
- Pupil Premium will remain at the current amount
- Part-time students can apply for maintenance loans
If you like to read the full announcements, these are here.
Carers Trust have released this quote to the media today, on behalf of Gail Scott-Spicer:
“We are disappointed that the Government in today’s Spending Review has failed to pledge the essential funding for social care to support unpaid carers, the people they care for, and the local services they depend on.
“Allowing councils to raise council tax by 2% will not come anywhere near the amount needed to meet the gap in social care funding, even if all councils charge it. This must cover funds needed to pay the National Living Wage, as well as meeting the gap in care provision. Significant further investment is needed to ensure older people, disabled people, and their families and unpaid carers can live safe, independent, healthy lives.
“The Better Care Fund needs to be improved to ensure it results genuinely in long term better outcomes rather than focusing purely on short term targets. It must deliver for carers and people with care needs and ensure that vital breaks for unpaid carers are prioritised.
“Inevitably, unpaid carers’ own health and wellbeing, and that of the people they care for will be poorer as a consequence of not investing properly in social care, potentially leading to higher use of GP surgeries and emergency hospital beds – the very things the Government wishes to avoid.”
Click here to view this quote online.