Additional funding for social care will provide a breather but fundamental reform is needed

08 March 2017

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Helen Sunderland, Social Care Lead at EY, comments on funding for social care:

The £2bn additional social care funding will be a welcome reprieve for the sector helping to address the immediate social care sustainability challenge.

However with an ageing population, more fundamental reform of both the way in which care for the elderly is delivered and funded is required to prevent longer term financial issues.

The green paper on funding reform and the additional capital allocations for Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) should go some way to address this. However, critical to this is the way in which local areas come together to improve services for their residents. The green paper reforms will need to be consistent with the ambition for health and social care integration to prevent new, or exacerbate existing administrative barriers to improving patient care.