Commenting on the Chancellor's first and last Autumn Statement, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care has expressed its disappointment.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England
"Yet again the Chancellor has ignored social care. In doing so the Government needs to be prepared for the detrimental impact on families, local economies and the NHS. Social care needs to be a priority, indeed in some regions it is a huge employer and stability is crucial for those in receipt of care and those in its employment".
As expected, the Chancellor raised the National Living Wage, from £7.20 to £7.50 by April 2017. Whilst the adult social care sector applauds this, it needs to be accompanied by commensurate funding for the sector.
Martin Green continues:
"Unfortunately the lack of investment in social care spells disaster in the NHS and potentially a perpetual winter".