Dr Eleanor Roy, CIPFA Health and Social Care Policy Manager, said:
“Today’s announcements from the Health Secretary did little to ease the pressures in social care being felt across the country. Whilst the NHS has received £6.6 billion from the Emergency Fund, there is no further provision for local government above the £1.6 billion already announced on 19 March.
“While the government has provided councils with assurance that all costs incurred as a result of the outbreak will be met, this is cold comfort when it comes to immediate cash flow. Councils need to be able to respond swiftly and without financial constraints, particularly in social care where an already fragile provider market may be pushed to breaking point.
“It’s time for the government to stop treating social care like the poor relation and provide this critical sector, which cares for the most vulnerable people in society, with the resources it requires. A shiny new badge simply doesn’t cut it.”
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