Spring Budget: An opportunity bring about ‘real change’ in social care, leaders say

Julie Ogley

Leaders in social care have urged the government to use tomorrow’s Spring Budget as an opportunity to bring about “real change” in the sector.

Julie Ogley, president of Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services (ADASS) said the Budget provides the government with the opportunity to deliver the funding and reform needed to stabilise, rebalance and transform social care.

“Dealing with the immediate funding crisis and providing certainty is an essential first step to place adult social care on a sustainable footing for the future,” she said.

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“Without it, it may prove impossible for the Government to create the space to develop and implement a reformed system.

“We have consistently argued for short-term funding, longer term reform and a long-term plan for adult social care. The Budget is an opportunity to achieve the first of these and to lay the foundations for the other two. This will deliver for those of us needing care and support today and the millions who will need it in the future.”

The Local Government Association (LGA) is also calling on the government to use the budget to pave the way for the Spending Review to provide a long-term, sustainable funding solution for our local services.

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the LGA, said: “Councils continue to face severe funding and demand pressures that continue to stretch local services to the limit and a funding gap that could reach almost £6.5 billion by 2025.

“The Budget and the Spending Review need to provide a sustainable, long-term funding settlement for councils which means they can improve services and not just keep them going.

“With long-term investment, councils can protect local services, improve the lives of their communities and meet the significant ongoing pressures they face both now and in the future.”

Last month, financial advisers made clear what their priorities for reform are under the government’s Budget, with a new deal on social care funding seen as the most pressing issue.

Research from pension and investment provider, Aegon, among 220 UK advisers, revealed two in five (39%) see a new deal on social care funding as their number one priority.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his first Budget tomorrow (March 11) afternoon.

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