Long-awaited social care white paper to be unveiled in parliament today

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The Minister for Care is expected to unveil a long-awaited white paper on the reform of adult social care in parliament this afternoon.

The paper is expected to include proposals to invest some of the £5.4bn that will be raised by the new health and social care levy over the next three years.

More than £100 million in funding is set to go towards improving the technology used in care settings, while millions more will be invested in boosting the development of housing with care facilities.

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But the package is not expected to include new funding to help crisis-hit care providers through winter, the Guardian has reported.

This is despite calls from care leaders for short-term funding to stem the loss of care workers to other sectors and ensure services can be maintained.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) revealed earlier this week that more than 1.5 million hours of commissioned home care could not be provided between August and October because of lack of staff.

ADASS has called for a £1,000 winter bonus for care staff, while the Homecare Association wants the government to add care workers to the Shortage Occupation List and fund councils adequately to enable fair reward of the workforce.

A Department of Health and Social care spokesperson said: “We appreciate the dedication and tireless work of social care staff throughout the pandemic.

“Care homes and home care providers are now benefiting from the new £162.5m workforce retention and recruitment fund to assist local authorities and care providers in working together to ease workforce pressures in a variety of ways.

“The government is investing at least £500m in training to support the care workforce as part of the £5.4bn to reform social care.”

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