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Announcement of social care support grant

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 11th January 2017 | Category: General News


Today the Secretary of State for Community and Local Government, Sajid Javid, announced a £240m Social Care Support through savings from New Homes Bonus that will contribute toward adult care. costs

The social care crisis is a long-term problem, with demand outstripping resources. The funding gap – the shortfall between demand for care and the money available to pay for it – was set to reach £2.5 billion by 2020.

Dementia is now the biggest killer, and with numbers of people living with dementia set to soar to 1 million by 2021, the demand for social care is only going to rise. 70% of those living in care homes and 60% of homecare users have dementia. Alzheimer’s Society predicts that the number of people with dementia living in care homes will increase to 358,000 by 2020, with associated costs reaching £4.9 billion.

Commenting on the support grant, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

‘For a system as starved as social care, a funding boost in any form is desperately needed. Time and again, people with dementia and their families are bearing the brunt of the crisis. From the devoted daughter making a 200-mile trip to make sure her mum gets a hot meal to the 82-year-old lady hospitalised with a urinary tract infection because she stopped getting support to have a shower each day.’

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