Local authorities handed power to raise £2bn for social care

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Chancellor George Osborne has handed local authorities the power to charge an additional 2 per cent in council tax to fund social care.

The Chancellor says the reform will allow authorities to add up to a total of £2bn to the overall social care budget.

It comes months after the Government delayed plans to introduce a cap on the cost of social care to 2020.

At the same time, the Chancellor also announced the Better Care Fund – first launched in 2013 to pool resources between local government and NHS and provide more integrated services for older and disabled people – will rise by £1.5bn by 2019/2020.

Osborne says the funding will mean that spending on social care will have risen in “real terms” by the end of this Parliament.

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  1. I know from bitter experience that the Government could do better. Arbitrary local authority boundaries means that you can be assessed by two differing authorities with total different approaches and which cannot talk to one another citing Data Protection. Devolving power is one thing, but if you live on the edge of Derby or Leicester City what happens can by dictated by a few tens of yards – sorry metres. Do you live in the county or in the City? Put another way one elderly person in one house gets better treatment than someone in the house opposite.
    I wish the Government would stop devolving some issues and have the guts to address them nationally.

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