Social care funding increases

Social care funding increases

The government pledged more cash for social funding but failed to deliver any clarity on who pays what now.

In his first – and final – Spring Budget chancellor Philip Hammond announced additional grant funding of £2bn will be given to social care in England over the next three years.

The first billion will be available in 2017 to 2018.

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However it is not just about money but strategy, according to Mr Hammond, who also promised there would be a green paper on social care.

However he clarified the green paper will not include "exhuming Labour's heated death tax". 

Mr Hammond said: “The social care package I have announced today will help to free up beds by easing discharge of elderly patients.

“That is one of the two big pressures on our hospitals.”