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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Councils given extra £1.5bn funding for social care

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Nottinghamshire County Council has welcomed the significant increase in funding for local authorities revealed in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spending Review.

An additional £1.5bn has been pledged for adults’ and children’s social care including £1 billion direct from central government, as well as the continuation of £2.5bn of temporary social care grants and £700m for special educational needs, which is an 11% increase on last year.

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Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This is the biggest increase in spending power for local government in a decade and will help councils to meet the rising cost and demand pressures they face in 2020/21.

“We’ve been lobbying government for some time on the provision of extra funding for social care and I’m delighted that this Government has recognised the pressures we face.

“This new funding will help us continue to provide the social care services needed by Nottinghamshire residents.

“It will help to ensure older people and disabled people can live the lives they want to lead and it will support our most vulnerable young people.”

The new funding is a one year grant effective from April 2020.

Councillor Cutts has been part of the County Councils Network of Leaders which has lobbied the Government throughout the summer for extra resources for local authorities.

Councillor Cutts said: “The new Prime Minister and Chancellor have clearly listened to the views of local authorities and this new funding is really positive news.  It also bodes well for the ongoing review of the way funding is distributed between councils, which we hope will see large social care authorities such as Nottinghamshire receive a fairer and greater share of this and other new money in the future.

“The Chancellor’s announcement also shows that, despite all the political pressures associated with delivering Brexit, this Government is acting and investing in key domestic priorities such as health and social care, education and policing. It is a new chapter for our public services.”

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