Wednesday 22 November 2017
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The Kings Fund responds to the Spring Budget

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘The additional money announced today is welcome recognition of the huge pressures facing social care. It will provide some short-term relief for older and disabled people, families and carers who are being let down by the current system.

‘The plan to publish a Green Paper on the future of social care funding is encouraging, but we have been here before. This time, the government must break the mould and deliver the radical reforms that are so badly needed.

‘A starting point for this should be the work of the Barker Commission, which recommends a new settlement for health and social care and a single budget to put them both on a sustainable footing for the future. This will need to be funded by reforms to existing benefits paid to older people, increases in national insurance and changes to taxation.

‘Our recent report highlighted the lack of capital funding as a significant barrier to the success of sustainability and transformation plans so on the face of it the decision to make money available to invest in the most promising plans is a step in the right direction.

‘This winter the NHS has been buckling under the strain of meeting rising demand for services and maintaining standards of care. The Chancellor must address this in his autumn Budget or be honest with the public about the standards of care they can expect with the funding the NHS has been given.’