Care sector ‘at risk despite promises of more money’
By Nick Triggle
9 December 2015
From the section Health
Vital care services for older and disabled people in England remain at risk – despite government attempts to protect the sector, care leaders say.
Last month, George Osborne announced plans he said would lead to an above-inflation rise in care budgets.
But council chiefs, NHS managers and care bosses have cast doubt on those claims in a letter to the chancellor.
It warns his plans would leave a funding gap and put vulnerable people at risk – denied by the government.
Care services, including care homes and services that provide help in people’s home for tasks such as washing and dressing, are overseen by local councils.
Over the past few years, the numbers getting help have fallen as councils have struggled to cope with cuts to their budgets.
But in last month’s spending review, Mr Osborne said he was protecting social care budgets by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% and increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, a …read more
Source:: BBC UK