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Social care unimpressed with Spring Budget

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has cut workers’ National Insurance by another 2p in the Budget, meaning it falls from 10 per cent to 8 per cent. He says the cut, to begin next month, is worth £450 a year for the average worker.

But notably absent from the Budget were specific cash injections for local government or adult social care.

In response to today’s Budget, Anna Hemmings, joint CEO of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said millions of adults and carers will be disappointed that today’s Budget has done nothing to help them.

“The £500 million additional Government funding for children and adult social care announced in February… isn’t enough to meet rising costs and growing numbers of adults needing care and support this year. Directors can’t invest enough in early support.”

Dr Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), said half of councils believe they could face bankruptcy within the next parliament. He added: “We need a proper debate about how we fund local services and we need to reform council finances. This scattergun pattern of largesse granted or withheld will no longer suffice.”


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