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In response to the Autumn Budget 2017

22 November 2017

Vic Rayner, NCF executive director has this to say…
“The Chancellor’s decision not to address the funding shortfall in Social Care within today’s budget is a disservice to the critical lifeline that social care represents everyday on the lives of the millions of people who use services and those that care for them. Whilst we welcome the short term injection in health funding, this will not directly address the needs of social care.”

In addition, Vic Rayner says
“The chancellor spoke today of the significant productivity challenge facing the UK economy, yet failed to take the opportunity to invest in a sector that employs over 1.5million workers. The opportunities that investment in technology, buildings and workforce skills would bring to the social care sector would be felt at both a local and national level. Recent analysis by Skills for Care (1) estimate that the social care sector contributes no less than £41.8bn to the English economy. The chancellor has played an own goal in his quest to improve UK productivity through his failure to provide short term support to a sector described by the regulator as one where the stresses and strains cannot be sustained (2). The role of the Green Paper in identifying a long term sustainable solution for social care has never seemed so urgent.”

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