Social Services: Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Karin Smyth Karin Smyth Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what steps he might take to help mitigate the long-term financial effects of uplifts in care fees as a result of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) Bristol City Council and (b) other local authorities.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We recognise that COVID-19 is imposing significant new pressures on local authorities and the social care sector. We have now made £3.2 billion available to local authorities so they can address pressures on local services caused by the pandemic, including in adult social care.

We are closely monitoring the financial situation of local authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Future funding decisions for social care will be determined in a comprehensive Spending Review later this year.

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