Social Services: Finance

Treasury written question – answered on 20th September 2021.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with refence to the Plan for Health and Social Care, published September 2021, what estimate he has made of the costs of the funding and system reform commitments referred to in paragraph 36 of that Plan over financial years (a) 2022-23, (b) 2023-24 and (c) 2024-25; and if he publish the costs related to the specific commitments in that Plan.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

In Build Back Better: Our plan for health and social care,[1] the Government set out that £5.4bn in additional funding will be provided to support a sustainable social care system that is fit for the future.

This funding will end unpredictable care by introducing a cap of £86,000 on the costs of care; and include over £500 million pounds to support the adult social care workforce, in recognition of their tireless efforts during the pandemic.

It also includes funding to enable all Local Authorities to move towards paying providers a fair rate for care, which should drive up the quality of adult social care services, improve workforce conditions and increase investment.

The government will set out its plans for spending across all public services at the Spending Review on October 27th.

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1015736/Build_Back_Better-_Our_Plan_for_Health_and_Social_Care.pdf

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