Social Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the funding available for adult social care spending in (1) 2019–20, and (2) 2020–21.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

2019-20 falls within the current Spending Review period, announced in 2015. Over the course of the Spending Review, the Government has given councils access to up to £9.4 billion more dedicated funding Government for social care over the three years from 2017/18 to 2019/20. In 2019/20, approximately £1.835 billion is provided by the Improved Better Care Fund and access to approximately £1.8 billion is provided by the Adult Social Care Precept.

Individual councils are responsible for setting their budgets and dedicating funding to specific services, and in doing this will assess what is required to meet the social care need of their local populations, and more widely to fulfil their statutory duties under the Care Act 2014.

The funding settlement for years beyond 2019-20 is a matter to be confirmed at the next Spending Review, alongside the rest of the local government settlement, which will take place next year.

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