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Increase in Adult Social Care funding welcomed in Worcestershire

Councillor Adrian Hardman at one of the adult social care engagement events Published Thursday, 5th September 2019

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the news that an extra £1.5billion of extra funding will be available for local authorities to apply for.

The announcement was made by Chancellor Sajid Javid as part of spending plans for the next year.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member with responsibility for Adult Social Care at Worcestershire County Council said, “We welcome the announcement that £1.5billion of extra funding will be available for social care.

“Adult Social Care is a big priority in Worcestershire, with around 40% of our budget going to support vulnerable adults in the county. In Worcestershire we have felt the pressure to cope with the increase in demand for Adult Social Care and the pressure this has put on our budgets.

“We have hugely passionate and dedicated staff who work hard to make a difference in people’s lives. It is vital that we can continue offering support to those in the county that need it most, and this funding is a great acknowledgement of that.”

Last year, to celebrate 70 years of Adult Social Care the County Council presented the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, with a birthday card signed by councillors across all parties that stressed the need for further funding of Adult Social Care to ensure that those who need it receive good quality support. 

The demand for adult social care is increasing across the country and is a pressure that is felt nationally as well as in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire County Council is awaiting further details on the exact funding position for Worcestershire.

The County Council has held engagement events throughout the year encouraging people to make decisions about their future and highlighting how people can stay independent for longer.

The next event will be at ASDA in Worcester or September 6.

More information can be found here ‚Äč