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Extra £2bn for adult social care, but will it be enough or be delivered in time?

20 October 2010

George Osborne has announced that adult social care will receive an extra £2bn a year by 2014-15 to help the sector withstand cuts in council funding.

With £1bn coming from the NHS the clear commitment to support joint working between health and social care could not have been supported in a more obvious fashion. The other £1bn is to take the form of a direct grant. Personal Budgets remain firmly on the agenda with the government looking to significantly extend their use across a range of service areas.

Unfortunately the money does not appear to be ring fenced in local authorities’ budgets. Along with cuts in other service areas and increased demand from an ageing population it begs the question whether this money will actually materialise in four years time or be enough to keep services standing still, let alone moving forward.
Targets for the delivery of care from private sector care providers sounds like good news, but with long term pressure on funding the commissioning of those services will also remain under significant pressure.

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