Extra funding for social care, set out in today’s budget (8 March), is being welcomed in East Sussex.
The County Council’s deputy leader, Councillor David Elkin has reacted to the announcement saying, “We have faced considerable financial challenges in recent years, having saved close to £100 million this decade, with a further £17 million of savings due in 2017-18.
“As a county with an ageing population, this has placed considerable pressure on our adult social care services.
“While the extra funding for social care announced by the chancellor won’t fill this gap, it will help us to further mitigate the savings we’re having to make and as such is something we welcome.
“We’re also pleased the Government has announced a Green Paper on long-term funding for social care as it’s vital there is a sustainable model in place, to meet the growing demand for services now and in the future.
“We will continue to work with colleagues in the NHS through the East Sussex Better Together programme, which is aimed at ensuring we employ a joined-up approach and make the best use of the resources available for health and social care in the county.
“We are awaiting full details of the additional funding and will need to study this before we know what the impact will be in East Sussex and how it will affect our adult social care budget over the next three years.”