As the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak prepares to set out his Budget statement on 3rd March 2021, two leading social care organisations have published their calls on the Government.
Care England has written to the Chancellor urging him to make good on the Government’s commitment to adult social care in his Budget this week.
In January, Care England’s Budget submission highlighted the following issues:
• The changing cost and the operational reality that has been imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The intervention which the Treasury can make in the sphere of insurance to assist the adult social care sector.
• The existing and potential role which the adult social care sector can continue to play as a valuable employer in the UK’s job market.
• The need for a £7 billion injection into the adult social care sector, in line with the Commons Health and Social Care Committees call.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said, ‘The sector is tired of empty promises, White Papers and consultations, 13 of these in the last 17 years, that always end up in the long grass. It is now or never; we need a 1948 moment with a commitment in the Budget that the Prime Minister will tackle the social care crisis. A ten-year plan akin to that of the NHS would be a great help to the sector, which in turn is part of the national infrastructure. Adult social care needs to be placed at the forefront of future policy planning and cannot remain an addendum to the NHS. Care England wants to work with the Government to ensure that this does not remain a pipedream.’
The National Care Forum published its comments today and called for an ‘ambitious’ budget for social care.
Vic Rayner, Chief Executive of the National Care Forum, said, ‘The Pandemic has had a devastating impact on social care and shone a real spotlight on many of the issues it was already facing. Care has long been marginalised and neglected as a central part of our economy. The pandemic has shown just how much social care matters; it matters to the millions of people who need it every day; to the 1.5 million-strong workforce who provide it; to the 18,000 organisations providing it and to the country more widely.
‘The sector is under enormous pressure now; however, it is patently clear that strategic and substantive investment in social care has the potential to transform the lives of individuals, the communities they are part of and the country as a whole. In 2018, Skills For Care found that the economic benefit of the care sector in England alone was £38.5bn. Social care is very much a local enterprise, providing local employment in local areas, bringing the economic benefit of local wages spent in local shops and businesses, supporting local supply chains and paying local taxes.
Rayner added: ‘How we think about care matters. Social care really does have the power to support our communities and transform lives.
‘Now is the time to act – we are ambitious for social care – and we need this budget to show just how ambitious the Government and the country are for social care too.’
Visit the UK Government website to read the blueprint for NHS and social care reform following the pandemic.