West Sussex County Council has welcomed £25million additional funding from the Government to spend on adult social care services.
Release date: 10 March 2017
It follows lobbying by the County Council to Government including two letters from the County Council Leader, Louise Goldsmith, to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid.
The money is the county’s share of an additional £2billion in grant funding over the next three years announced in the budget by the Chancellor Philip Hammond earlier this week.
Louise said: “We welcome this additional, much needed £25million funding for adult social care.
“The County Council united collectively across all political parties to ask the Government to recognise the growing social care challenges being faced in our community and the Government has listened.”
West Sussex will receive separate allocations of £11.3million, £9.3million and £4.6million over the next three years, totalling just over £25million.
The County Council has called on the Government to set up a task force to look at adult social care pressures. Plans for a new local adult social care taskforce to look at closer working between health and social care providers are also moving forward.
Council services support around 13,000 older people of whom 8,000 are eligible for financial support. The number of people over 75 will increase by an additional 2,200 people each year until 2021 and then a further rise of 4,400 will be seen every year.
Louise said: “This additional funding will not solve the long term challenges we face at a national and local level but it will ensure that we are able to now spend time looking for longer terms solutions as we are able to deal with the immediate financial pressures we face.
“Without doubt we face enormous challenges in the delivery of frontline services but we will continue to work closely with partners in the NHS and voluntary sector to deliver high quality, sustainable services. We will continue to innovate and improve to support older and vulnerable people to live well and independently in their communities for as long as possible.”