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Care lobby raises voice ahead of Wednesday’s Spring Budget

Care England has lobbied chancellor Rishi Sunak on behalf of social care ahead of the Spring Budget on 23 March.

In a campaign entitled SoS – Save our System, Care England criticises the funds set aside in the Build Back Better social reform as “grossly insufficient”.

It says that only £162m is allocated in 2022 to 2023 to support local authorities in market reform, of which up to 25 per cent can be retained by local authorities to cover operational costs. A further £600m will be made available in both 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025.

This will see care homes and home care providers unable to sustain their businesses without additional funding, says Care England CEO Professor Martin Green OBE, who added: “It is vital to ensure that these significant sums actually get to the front line where care is provided and are not simply absorbed by the wider NHS and adult social care system.”
 
Build Back Better proposals will be funded by the new Health and Care Levy.

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