During the Spring Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced that there will be “a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess”. Social care will be a part of this Spending Review.
As the recess approaches, we look back at what the government has been spending on this area in recent months.
Investment into social care
During the statement Mr Hammond stated that he intends to “maximise value for taxpayers’ money through a renewed focus on delivering high quality outcomes.”
Social care is one area where the government is investing. Last winter the government allocated an additional £240 million into social care investment to ease NHS winter pressures.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock announced at the time that the funding would:
“get people who don’t need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, back into their communities, so we can free up those vital hospital beds, and help people who really need it, get the hospital care they need.
The government wanted to invest in several areas of social care and provide:
- 71,500 home care packages to ensure that patients could leave their hospital beds and return home.
- 86,500 reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence
- 27,000 home adaptations e.g. new facilities for personal care, such as adapting a shower room if a patient has limited movement
Supply to social care
Last winter health and care spending hit over £420 million.
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