For the past year, we have been calling on the Government to take decisive action to ensure the health and care system is sustainable for generations to come through our Care for Tomorrow campaign. We know that without action we are gambling with our future and it is older, ill and disabled people who stand to lose the most.
In today’s Spring Budget, the Government have finally listened to our calls for a proper review of social care funding and have promised to publish a Green Paper which will present a range of options for long-term solutions to the crisis in care. They have also announced £2billion in additional funding for social care over the next three years, which will go some way to addressing the immediate challenges and to making sure that people can get the vital support they need.
Whilst today’s announcement is positive news, the Green Paper must not be used as a smokescreen for inaction. It must report back its findings and begin implementation by the end of this Parliament. The scope of the review is critical: it must be inclusive, open and urgent, encompassing not just social care funding but also how it links to health and benefits spending on older people.
The Government have listened to our campaign and acknowledged action needs to be taken to make sure everyone can get the care services they need and deserve. This is great progress. But we’ll continue to hold them to account, to make sure the Green Paper is ambitious and that action is taken quickly.
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