This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, detailed the Government’s Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, outlining the state of the economy and the Government’s future financial policy plans.
Over the last 18 months, health and social care workers have been the backbone of our nation’s effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the most vulnerable within society remain safe.
In response to the momentous effort made by key workers and the need to invest and support the health and social care sector, the Government has announced a £4.8bn to support local authority services. Additionally, councils will be allowed to raise the existing Social Care Precept by 1% per year, and core Council Tax by 2% a year without a local referendum.
Discussing the Government’s Budget announcement, Ravi said:
“After all the incredible work done by colleagues in the health and social care sector over the last 18 months, it is clear that we to need to implement meaningful reform to ensure the sector can provide the best quality care possible going forward.
“The Budget provides a strong foundation for health and social care reform, with the new £4.8bn grant giving local authorities essential financial support. The next step is to ensure this grant can be used to maximise quality care.”