Social Services: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th January 2022.

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Photo of Karin Smyth Karin Smyth Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the funding gap in social care.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We have confirmed funding of £5.4 billion over 2022/23 to 2024/25 for adult social care reform. This includes over £3.6 billion to reform the social care charging system and enable all local authorities to move towards paying providers a fair rate for care and over £1.7 billion to institute major improvements across the social care system in England.

In addition, the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/2023 proposes an additional £3.5 billion to councils, an increase in local authority funding for 2022/23 of over 4% in real terms. This will ensure councils across the country have the resources they need to deliver key services. As part of this settlement, local authorities will have access to over £1 billion of additional resource specifically for social care in 2022/23.

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