Budget response - March 2017

Published: 9 Mar 2017

The Chancellor has announced an additional £2bn of funding over the next three years to support the social care system, along with measures to support health and care transformation.

NRAS is pleased that something has been offered but we share the view expressed by National Voices, of which we are a Member.

Andrew McCracken, commenting from National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

“Yesterday’s announcements will buy some time for the social care system. They are not a long-term fix; that nettle still needs to be grasped.

The current situation remains unacceptable and untenable. We are faced with a long foreseen structural crisis based on a failure to order services around people’s chronic care needs.

There needs to be a long-term solution which prioritises community-based care. As well as social care, that means investing in prevention, building the primary and community care workforce and enabling funding for the voluntary and community sector.

We welcome the Government’s reaffirmed support for the Five Year Forward View plan to transform health and care services, and the Chancellor’s recognition that making vital changes requires additional funding.”