The social care industry has reacted with horror at confirmation from the government that funding for developing the social care workforce in England is being halved.
In a White Paper in 2021 the government pledged “at least” £500 million for reforms, to be spent on training places and technology over three years. However that figure is now £250 million, according to the Department for Health and Social Care.
Social care minister Helen Whately (above) said the package announced today “focuses on recognising care with the status it deserves”. She said the reforms focused on the “better use of technology, the power of data and digital care records, and extra funding for councils. The aim was to make a care system to be proud of.
The Department for Health and Social Care insists that all the promised money will stay within social care and that it has yet to allocate the full budget.
Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, sais she was disappointed that the plans did not include pay rises for care staff.
“You just can’t provide really good care, tailored to people’s needs and aspirations if you haven’t got the staff to do it,” she said.
Last month a report from Care England and learning disability charity HFT described the adult social care sector as ‘on the brink’.