Chancellor announces additional £1.5bn for social care

Chancellor Sajid Javid

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care, Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced.

Most of the money (£1bn) will be available through a new grant, while £500m will be through the adult social care precept.

Outlining the government spending plans, the chancellor said: ‘We can’t have an effective health system without effective social care too.’

He told the House of Commons the money would be on top the existing £2.5bn in social care grants, which was ‘a solid foundation to protect the stability of the system next year and a down payment on the more fundamental reforms that the PM [Boris Johnson] will set out in due course.’

The chancellor also announced additional funding for the NHS, policing and education, including £700m to give more support to young people and children with special needs.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described the spending commitments as ‘a sham’.

He said: ‘The Local Government Association (LGA) has found that councils already face a funding shortfall for SEN [special education needs] children of £1.2bn by 2021. The reality is that these children will still be left vulnerable and in need, and their futures left in jeopardy.’

In response to the chancellor’s announcement, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: ‘If the chancellor had neglected social care his comprehensive spending review would have morphed into an incomprehensive spending review as it is essential to set the books straight for social care. This money is extremely welcome but it must reach the front line.’

The LGA said: ‘The LGA has worked hard to demonstrate to the government the financial pressures facing councils next year. We are pleased it has responded to our calls and acted by providing desperately-needed new money next year, including £1bn for social care and £700m for children and young people with special educational needs.

‘This will help councils as they strive to ensure older and disabled people can live the lives they want to lead, support our most vulnerable young people and continue to improve local areas.’