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Chancellor Hunt reminded of former social care advocacy in NCF open letter

The National Care Forum has called on new chancellor Jeremy Hunt to make good on his convictions and guarantee additional funding for adult social care at this pivotal time.

In an open letter, chief executive Vic Rayner highlights priority work areas such as funding and workforce planning.

She also expresses concern about the Chancellor’s statement that “all departments will need to redouble their efforts to find savings and some areas of spending will need to be cut.”

In the letter she reminded Mr Hunt of the Prime Minister’s pledge during her leadership campaign to fund social care with £13 billion in now scrapped National Insurance levy. She also pointed out that as chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Hunt advocated for sustainable funding, workforce planning and the greater involvement of people in their own care.

The letter makes several key requests:

  • Commit to the reform of adult social care as outlined in People at the Heart of Care. Provide the funding to fully realise this to ensure people are able to access high quality services when they need them.
  • Bring forward a fully funded, workforce plan, with pay progression in line with the NHS, making provision for better terms and conditions, training and career structures.
  • Guarantee that adult social care providers are defined as a vulnerable sector as part of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme following April 2023
  • Guarantee that those people accessing adult social care support will still be able to access a version of the Energy Price Guarantee following April 2023.

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