Care homes say extra £2bn from budget must go to frontline
Reported in The Guardian 10 March 2017: The care home industry has called on the government to ensure that £2bn of funding earmarked for social care makes its way to frontline services rather than getting stuck within local authorities.
Senior figures in the care home industry claim that previous attempts to pump money into social care have failed and are concerned the same will happen again.Last year councils were given the power to increase council tax through a precept if the extra funds went to social care providers. However, industry sources claim that while more than 90% of councils did increase council tax, only half passed on the funds.
Tim Hammond, the chief executive of Four Seasons, said: “It’s good news that the chancellor has committed additional funding to ease pressures on a social care system that is at tipping point, with £1bn to be available in 2017-18, allowing local authorities to act now to commission care packages. We look forward to this being factored into discussions with commissioners [such as local authorities].