We need a sustainable future for social care: VODG response to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given his Spring Budget to Parliament.

Dr Rhidian Hughes chief executive of VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) said:

“Government has woken up to the care crisis facing the country and £2billion over three years for social care is to be welcomed. But let us be under no illusion that huge issues continue to face people who rely on social care services. Unmet need is rising as fewer and fewer people are eligible for services, while some commissioners are also failing to meet statutory duties under the Care Act.”

Dr Hughes goes on to say:

“There is a big question mark over whether the sector needs yet another review on social care funding. But through the process of the Green Paper announced today, we need Government to work genuinely with people who rely on essential services, providers and commissioners to actively plan and crucially to deliver a sustainable social care sector.”