Conservatives have warmly welcomed a ‘game changing’ funding boost for social care in Brighton & Hove of £10 million over the next 3 years.
As part of last week’s Budget, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, announced that councils and local NHS organisations would receive an additional £2 billion to help ease pressure on social care services largely caused by the country’s ageing population. Brighton & Hove’s share of this funding will be over £10 million including £5 million for the coming year.
In a separate, but equally welcome, announcement, the Chancellor allocated £2 million to Brighton & Hove City Council to help small businesses in the city following the business rate revaluation carried out by the independent Valuation Office Agency.
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, said: “This extra funding for the Council is enormously welcome and shows that the Government recognises the scale of the challenge currently facing the social care sector and the NHS in this city and across the country. And I’m sure that the local businesses whose rates have increased as a result of the Valuation Office Agency’s revaluation will appreciate the help provided to the Council to cushion the blow.”
Cllr. Ken Norman, the Conservative Group Health & Social Care Spokesman, added: “This really is excellent news. The Council identified pressures on its social care Budget of around £6 million for next year so this extra funding of £5 million is a real game changer, coming alongside the measures already agreed in the Council’s Budget. I hope that Council officers and the NHS can now work together to spend this money efficiently and effectively in order to tackle issues such as ‘bed blocking’ which have been causing so many problems. I was also very pleased to hear the Chancellor announce a review into the long-term funding of social care – this issue is so important that it should be beyond party politics, and the Government should be commended for trying to get an agreed way forward.”
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Cllr. Norman can be contacted on 07795336000 and Cllr. Theobald can be contacted on 07753636203;