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NCF Budget Response

The chief executive of the National Care Forum has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement today, stating that it offers “nothing for social care.”

In response to the Chancellor’s Budget statement, Vic Rayner, Chief Executive of the National Care Forum, said: “There is nothing in this budget for social care. Nothing that acknowledges the massive financial challenges affecting social care provision. No recognition of the importance of investing in services that operate at a local level, employ local people and support the most vulnerable members of communities. Not even an acknowledgement of the incredible dedication and commitment of the social care workforce.

“The chancellor and his team must quickly address this. All ring-fenced emergency funding for COVID-19 come to a grinding halt on the 31st March. Yet, none of the costs associated with providing care in a COVID-19 world disappear. Urgent action is required to address these short-term financial holes in the budget and the government must immediately outline the detailed timescale for the full-scale reform of social care.

“Meanwhile, social care will take a deep breath once again and look hard at all the announcements around developing the workforce and investing in technology, to see how they can be fully embraced by those receiving care and the workforce that supports them.”

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