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NCF responds to October 2018 budget

30 October 2018

NCF feels that the 2019 -20 budget has missed a critical opportunity to address the immediate needs of the adult social care sector. The reported £650m for social care has in fact only part of the funding ring fenced for adults, with the remainder available to meet the broader range of social care needs within authorities.

Vic Rayner, Executive Director of NCF, says of the budget;

“The chancellor had a golden opportunity to meet the short term funding requirements of the adult social care sector, which have been highlighted multiple times by both parliamentary bodies and sector specialists. The limited additional funding is, of course, welcome. However, it does nothing to address the immediate needs of the social care sector.”

Vic goes onto say

“The current budget response is both an inadequate recognition of the extraordinary pressure that services are under, and an unrealistic benchmark upon which to base future requirements. The status quo is not an option. It is key that that the government shows its commitment to finding a solution to the long term funding for adult social care in the forthcoming green paper, and the announced 2019 Spending Review."

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