The Secretary of State’s announcement of £240million to help local authorities alleviate winter pressures on the NHS is welcome says the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).
VODG, the infrastructure organisation that support voluntary disability and care providers, is calling for a sustainable financial settlement. The group is also emphasising that new investment must work for everyone who relies on social care services.
VODG chief executive Dr Rhidian Hughes said:
“Money to support the system this Winter is welcome. But social care urgently requires a lasting, year round, financial settlement that works for all. The forthcoming Autumn Budget offers government the opportunity to identify a long term and sustainable funding solution for adult social care that covers both working age disabled adults and older people. People who rely on essential care services deserve nothing less.”
The Secretary of State’s announcement is set within the context of local authorities’ planned savings for adult social care in 2018/19 alone estimated to be around £700million, and cumulative adult social care savings since 2010 have amounted to £7billion. In addition the government has continued to postponed its Green Paper on the long-term funding plan for adult social care.
VODG has also raised concerns that government is seeking to save £200 million or more through reforms to mental capacity legislation, which VODG has earlier described as “flawed”.