February 2017 – Adult Social Care

February 2017 – Adult Social Care

Thank you for your recent e-mail about adult social care.

It is important that we look after the elderly people in our community and that is why I am glad that the Government is providing significant funds to support adult social care.

In 2015, the Government provided access to an additional £3.5 billion exclusively for adult social care. Following calls for funding to address short-term pressures, around a further £900 million is now being made available to councils. This includes a new £240 million adult social care support grant for 2017-18. Combined with the previous precept flexibility, and the money coming through the improved Better Care Fund, this means that councils will have up to £7.6 billion in dedicated social care funding over the four years to 2019/20.

In order to invest in care, councils will be allowed to raise the adult social care precept of council tax by up to three per cent in 2017/18 and 2018/19. This will provide up to £208 million in 2017/18 and £444 million in 2018/19. The average council tax bill will increase by only £1 a month and bills will still be lower in 2019/20 than they were in 2010/11.

Money is not the only solution, however. Better integration between health and social care provision, creating genuinely people-centred coordinated care, is also required. That is why the Integration and Better Care Fund policy framework, which will soon be published, will also include information on resources, indicators for integration and other best practice models for integration to help local areas.

Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.