Social care organisations and charities expressed disappointment that adult social care did not receive recognition in the Chancellor’s Budget.
The sector has been urging the Chancellor to offer a long-term support plan, but was left feeling disappointed once again.
Prior to the Budget announcement, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said the sector was tired of empty promises, White Papers and consultations. After the announcement yesterday, he commented, ‘Whilst there are some really welcome policies in the Budget, which may in time have tangible impacts upon employment and investment, we are disappointed that social care, the real front line, hasn’t received the support that it needs so badly. This Budget still resembled an emergency one rather than one that provided any long-term assurance for the sector.’
Vic Rayner, Chief Executive of the National Care Forum also noted that the absence of funding for social care should be of huge concern. Targeted funding for social care comes to an end on the 31st March, however none of the costs of delivering care in a Covid-19 environment disappear.
She commented: ‘The chancellor and his team must quickly address this… Urgent action is required to address these short term financial holes in the budget and the government must immediately outline the detailed timescale for the full scale reform of social care.’ Read the full response here.
Sarah Battershall, Director of Quality and Practice Development at learning disability charity United Response, said:
‘Public services like social care have been the backbone of our country’s day-to-day response to this awful virus, with frontline staff giving creative and passionate help to millions since March 2020.
‘The absence of any mention of social care in today’s Budget was striking at this pivotal moment, and Government must urgently bring forward its plans to invest in the future of this vital sector and those who depend on it.’