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“A good start for social care but long-term strategy still needed”, Sense respond

National disability charity, Sense, responds to Government investment in social care announced in Spring Budget

Following today’s Spring Budget [8 March], national disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Government plans to ease the current financial pressures facing social care by delivering £2billion over the next three years, alongside a new green paper focusing on the future of the sector.

The national disability charity, which supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, has been calling for urgent investment into the collapsing social care market, alongside a considered plan for its sustainability.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said:        

“There will be a sigh of relief amongst the social care sector, as the Government finally responds to its cries for help with a promise to invest the funds it desperately needs right now. The Government’s plans will abate the pressing financial woes currently threatening to overwhelm the system and will offer short-term stabilisation. However, the reality is that money alone is not enough to save social care from collapse and the future of these essential services hinges on the development of a long-term strategy.

“We hope that today’s announcement signifies the start of genuine reform, and that the upcoming green paper highlights the Government’s long-term commitment to protect and improving social care services, rather than delivering stop-gap solutions to keep it afloat.

“Although the chancellor’s speech focused entirely on older people, he should not forget that many disabled people also rely on social care services to enable them to live independently, with dignity and as active members of their communities, which is why the protection of these vital services is so important.

We look forward to working with the Government on the upcoming green paper to ensure it focuses on a long-term strategy that guarantees a sustainable system that can provide quality support for all those who need it.”

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. More information on sense can be found at, www.sense.org.uk.