Social care cash injection "is a welcome step forward" - Scope responds to Budget 2017
Today the Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined the government's spending priorities for the year, and announced £2bn additional funding for social care over the next three years.
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive of disablity charity Scope said:
"Today's cash injection is a welcome step forward, and the chancellor is right to recognise that a boost now won't do more than provide a temporary sticking plaster.
The care system is on its knees. We welcome the decision to produce a green paper this year that can consider the long term future sustainability of social care.
But government will need to move swiftly from options to decisions. Approximately 400,000 working age disabled people use social care to get washed, get dressed and get out of the house. There is a funding shortfall of £2.6 billion a year predicted by 2020.
It’s right that the government will now consult on the long-term future of social care. This Green Paper must lead to rapid action and a solution that works for disabled people.”