Autumn Statement ignores social care crisis, says Council Leader

Labour Leader Cllr Tim Swift
Labour Leader Cllr Tim Swift

By failing to address the issues in social care and the NHS, Philip Hammond has betrayed the most vulnerable in our society.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift has criticised the Chancellor for failing to provide any extra funding for social care or the NHS in the spending review – and warned that the Council will now face hugely challenging decisions over future budgets.

Cllr Swift said,

“Everyone involved in health and care – not just councils, but charities, NHS organisations and the businesses that provide care services – told the Government that they had to do more to provide proper funding for social care.

“It’s appalling that they have failed to act. This leaves social care in crisis. That means not enough money to make sure that older people and people with disabilities who need help in the community are certain to get it. It means more pressure and worry for families. And it means more problems for the NHS, facing a budget crisis of its own.

“Locally, it means massive problems for the council setting its budget for the next few years. There will be stark choices to be made and many services that people take for granted could be put at risk if we are going to be able to make sure we can continue to help the most vulnerable to live safely in our community.”

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