The councils are calling on the new Prime Minister to honor his pledge to invest £13billion in social care as the Government’s plans to scrap the new National Insurance tax have been confirmed.
Before today’s mini budgetChancellor Kwasi Kwarteng said the tax hike – introduced in April to pay for social care and tackle the NHS backlog – will be reversed from November 6.
Earlier this week, Liz Truss said her ‘first priority’ on social care is to fund it properly through the winter as there are ‘too many’ people staying in hospital due to a lack of places .
During the election campaign, she pledged to invest £13billion in social care.
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On Thursday, Health and Social Care Secretary Therese Coffey announced a £500million social care release fund which she described as a ‘down payment’ pending longer plans being drawn up term.
But the Local Government Association (LGA) said £6billion was needed immediately to raise carers’ pay, respond to demographic and inflationary pressures and stabilize the provider market, with the rest needed “urgently”.
The Independent Care Group, which represents providers in York and North Yorkshire, has called on the government to make a “fresh start” on welfare reform.
Chairman Mike Padgham said the mini-budget must set out how the government will fund long-term sector reform, as well as measures to help care homes and home care providers survive the cost crisis. life.
He said: “We need urgent help now and reform soon.
“Care cannot close, it cannot save more than it already does, it must continue, continue to help people and continue to support the NHS.
“We’ve reached a point where we can’t go on anymore.”
A perfect storm amid the cost of living crisis
With a new Prime Minister and Health and Social Care Secretary in place, he added: ‘It’s time for a bold new start to tackle the welfare crisis – they’ve spoken, let’s see them now walk the step.”
Earlier this week, the County Councils Network (CCN), which represents 36 mainly Conservative councils, also called on Ms Truss to honor her pledge.
He said services are facing a “perfect storm” of staff shortages, fewer available beds, higher costs and growing demand, which means people are waiting longer for care, at a time when one has the impression that social care has been “fixed” by the reforms already announced.
He warned that the cost of living crisis could add £3.7billion to the costs of providing social care, more than double the expected rise.