The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond announced today in his Autumn Budget statement that “a green paper on the future of social care will soon be published,” provoking ‘grunts’ from the audience on the long wait for change.
In his speech, Hammond highlighted the ‘immediate problems’ that faced councils in providing high quality care to local residents, therefore promising to make £650m available for English councils in 2019/20 to bridge the gap in funding.
The Chancellor agreed to a £20.5bn real terms increase for the already stretched NHS for services across the UK. He also promised a plan for reform in the coming months, divulging that the 10-year plan will include a new NHS crisis service that will be available in all parts of the country.
Frontline improvements will include a new mental health crisis service with comprehensive support available in schools and A&E, as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline and community ‘safe havens.’
On Sunday, the Chancellor said that his plans to boost spending on the health service, roads, high streets, social care and universal credit were dependent on securing a deal with the EU. Theresa May’s spokesman hit back however with the claim that “all commitments” set out in his speech would be “funded whether there is a deal or not.”