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Social Services: Finance

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 60503, tabled on 18 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of amounts raised from the social care precept for local authorities with disproportionate requirements for funding on social care.

Answered on

24 January 2017

If all councils were to take up the flexibility the Government has offered in relation to the social care precept, it could raise up to £1,023 million in 2017-18 and £1,734 million in 2018-19. However the precept is only one part of the picture. Next year councils will also benefit from the one-off Adult Social Care Support Grant which we propose to distribute based on relative needs, and additional funding comes on-stream through the improved Better Care Fund which rises to £1.5 billion by 2019-20, and will be distributed based on relative need taking into account the ability to raise council tax. Over the four years of the settlement 2016-20, the Government has made available £7.6 million of dedicated funding for adult social care, meaning local government will have access to the funding it needs to increase social care spending every year in this Parliament.