THE pandemic has served as a strong excuse for the Government to place social care on the back burner. But with the provider system and local authorities close to collapse, social care can’t wait any longer. Decisive and effective action is long overdue.
This week’s Spending Review settlement of an additional £1 billion will barely keep social care afloat. The Local Government Association estimates that councils need an additional £4.8 billion funding boost for adult social care next year – including £533 million of Covid costs.
Few will have envied the challenge faced by Rishi Sunak this week. Rows continue to rage over foreign aid and public sector pay. Ministers queued outside the Treasury door jostling for pennies from the pandemic-stricken public purse.
The National Health Service was rightly first in line. But its poor cousin, social care, along with the social care work force, and people with social care needs, have once again been left behind.
Despite cross-party agreement that social care funding needs fixing, the Treasury has long been consistent in its reluctance to fund social care properly.
SELF-FUNDERS have been propping up the system for years, selling their homes to pay for overpriced care, charged at higher rates to subsidise local authority funded care.
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