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£500m on its way for social care

Social services directors have welcomed £500m set to be given to social care today – but say that more still needs to be done.

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) joint CEO Cathie Williams said: “We need to move from treating the symptoms to addressing the cause of the challenges we see in adult social care, like long waiting times and people missing out on care altogether.

“We look forward to working with Government to develop a long-term, fully-funded plan for adult social care.”

The settlement is part of the 2024-25 local government finance settlement and comes days after 46 MPs wrote to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling for extra funding.

According to the Local Government Chronicle, it is expected that around £500m will be designated to social care authorities to be spent on adults and children’s services while districts will see an increase in their funding guarantee from 3% to 4% which will equate to around £40m.

Speaking on the BBC’s World at One at lunchtime Local Government Association chair Shaun Davies (Lab) said in negotiations with the government he had been lobbying for the full £1.6bn estimated funding gap in 2024-25.

He said while any funding was welcome £500m would not be enough.

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