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“Underwhelmed by flat and feeble commitments”

A care leader has slammed the Autumn Budget announced today as “underwhelmed by flat and feeble commitments”.

In response to today’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and Autumn Budget, Dr Rhidian Hughes, chief executive of voluntary sector organisation VODG, said: “From today’s announcements the government may consider social care ‘funded and fixed’, which is far from the reality.

“The Chancellor stated that the success of today’s commitments will be measured by “the outcomes and differences we make to people’s lives” but today’s CSR and Autumn Budget will do nothing to ensure the sustainability of care and support services for disabled people and their families for the rest of this parliament.”

Through the Comprehensive Spending Review, the government sets out the government’s spending priorities for the next three years, from 2022-23 to 2024-25.

Dr Hughes added that increases to the National Living Wage are welcome as a way to recognise vital work. “However, for our members who rely on local authority commissioners to deliver services, such rises also bring about additional concern as to how, and whether, such increases will be funded.”

He added that currently, it is unclear as to how the £4.8bn allocated to local authorities by the end of parliament will be distributed to social care. He said: “The single biggest difference the Chancellor could have made in this year’s CSR to the lives of people who draw on social care was to strengthen funding. Sadly, this opportunity has been missed.”

Also responding, Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said:We have been left out in the cold; winter is going to be very, very tough without a robust social care sector to support the NHS.”

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