Budget 2017: response to social care funding

8 March 2017

In response to the social care funding announcement in today's budget, the chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Neil Heslop, said:

‘We welcome the government starting to face up to the crisis taking place in social care. The injection of £2bn is a serious step forward but falls short of a long-term solution.

'In our report, The State of Social Care, we called for an independent cross-party commission to deliver a fair and sustainable long term funding solution. We reiterate this call today as a long term settlement is an urgent priority.

'Our report demonstrated 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support at all, leaving thousands who are trapped in their home, isolated and unable to work or volunteer. This is unacceptable in 2017 and must change.'

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Comments

At last they may be listening, let's hope so as more needs to be done.

It's great that the government have seen fit to put money into social care, however, it's a mere drop in the ocean compared to the billions they have cut over the past seven years.

It's a start in the right direction but it's not enough.

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