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Social Services: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3166, tabled on 18 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they calculated the allocation of £5.4 billion extra funding for social care, announced in Build Back Better: our plan for health and social care in September; and what proportion has been allocated for basic training for care workers.

Answered on

5 November 2021

The Government’s calculations were based on the following criteria:

- ending wholly unpredictable care costs;

- providing at least £500 million to support the adult social care workforce over three years, including funding initiatives to support mental health and wellbeing and introducing further measures reforms to improve recruitment; and

- providing funding to enable all local authorities to move towards paying providers a fair rate for care, to improve the quality of adult social care services, workforce conditions and increase investment.

The Government will work with care users, providers and other stakeholders to develop plans for the reform of adult social care, including the development of a new training and qualifications offer for the care sector, in a white paper later this year.