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Worcestershire Council approves £2.4mn funding for adult social care

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Caption: Cash injection will help reduce delayed discharges from hospitals through preventative measures.

Worcestershire County Council has approved a cash injection of £2.4 million to fund adult social care services.

The money from the Department of Health and Social Care comes from a £240 million pot announced by the Chancellor Philip Hammond last year to alleviate winter pressures on the NHS.

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The council said the cash injection will help fund its adult social service to reduce delayed discharges from hospitals through preventative measures, speeding up the process of accessing and agreeing what social care is needed for patients in hospitals or directly investing in social care packages.

In the 2018 Autumn budget, the government announced £615 million in funding for social care, of which £240 million will continue the dedicated adult social care winter funding for 2020.

The remaining £410 million will be given to local councils to improve the social care of people with disabilities and children.

The addition of the adult social care winter funding for this year and next year means that in total the government has given councils access to £3.6 billion more dedicated funding for adult social care for this year and up to £3.9 billion for next year, according to Ed Moses, director for Care and Transformation at the Department of Health and Social Care.

“The action being taken means that funding for adult social care is increasing by 9% in real terms from 2015/16 to 2019/20. This funding is there to enable councils to support more people and to sustain a diverse care market,” he told delegates at the Westminster Health Forum in London last week.

Sarah Clarke

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