Social care funding for winter pressures

It says the investment will help councils reduce pressures on the NHS by getting patients home quicker and freeing up hospital beds across England.

The money, which was announced at the Conservative Party Conference, is enough to provide 71,500 domestic care packages or 86,500 ‘re-ablement’ packages, although councils also have the option to spend it on adapting housing.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The LGA has been at the forefront of efforts to highlight the significant pressures facing adult social care and secure funding for the system.

“We are pleased that the Government has acted by providing an injection of desperately needed funding to help tackle winter pressures.

“Councils and providers cannot simply turn services on and off as funding ebbs and flows. Putting in place the right services and workforce requires forward planning and longer-term contracts. Adult social care services still face a £3.5bn funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care.”

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said: “We will use this money to 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.

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