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Care homes warn Chancellor of ‘catastrophic collapse’ over living wage

£40m for winter pressures welcomed – but not enough

Care providers have given a guarded welcome to the announcement of an extra £40m to help provide care this winter.

They say the money is welcome but warn that it is another temporary ‘sticking plaster’ when wholesale reform is needed.

The Government has announced £40m to speed up hospital discharges, boost social care provision and prevent avoidable hospital admissions.

Commenting, social care provider organisation The Independent Care Group (ICG), said: “Any extra money coming to local authorities to ease pressures this winter has to be welcomed. However, this is another piece of knee-jerk, piecemeal funding that does little to tackle the underlying problems within social care.

“We need proper reform that will provide better funding for the sector, pay staff properly and ensure adequate social care provision all the time.”

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