Sam Monaghan (pictured), CEO of care home provider MHA:
“The Chancellor’s commitment to a £650 million grant for local authorities for adult social care is welcome but simply not enough. It is more of the same short termism and piecemeal measures that has put the funding of adult social care funding at crisis point. There is no silver bullet but the Social Care Green Paper must be not be delayed any longer and must be comprehensive and present long term solutions to address one of the most fundamental issues we face as a society, how we can ensure the best quality of life for older people across the country.”
Social Care Institute of Excellence: “Our challenge is to use the money, not merely as a way of shoring up existing services, but as a means of embracing and increasing some of the innovative practice that is going on all over the country to improve people’s lives.”
VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) Chief executive Dr Rhidian Hughes said:
“Today’s budget takes us a small step forward. But overall the investment announced by the Chancellor is short-sighted.” According to VODG, today’s settlement ignores VODG’s previous warnings on issues such as the uncertainty facing social care amid Brexit, with less public funding available for social care and instability in the sector’s labour market and the need for central government to inspect local councils in serious financial difficulties, ensuring that statutory duties relating to social care are fully met.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation:
“Social care remains the Achilles heel – it has been consistently underfunded, neglected and unloved by politicians over many years and the extra funding announced today – again welcome – is clearly inadequate. What we needed was support to get the system back on its feet but what we have is yet another sticking plaster.
“This means we will struggle on for another year. We hope that the social care green paper is not further delayed: this has huge implications for both health and social care and most importantly for the people who need these crucial services.”