Social Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the green paper on funding social care.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Adult social care is one of the most important priorities for this Government, which is why we will set out a plan to fix the care system and give everyone the dignity and security they deserve.

We are providing councils with access to an additional £1.5 billion for adult and children’s social care next year. This includes an additional £1 billion of grant funding for adult and children’s social care, on top of maintaining £2.5 billion of existing social care grants. This will support local authorities to meet rising demand and continue to stabilise the social care system.

In addition, the Government will consult on a 2% precept that will enable councils to access a further £500 million for adult social care. This new funding will support councils to meet rising demand and continue to stabilise the social care system.

As the Prime Minister said on the steps of Downing Street, the social care crisis will be attended to once and for all. We will set out a plan in due course.

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