Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Have the Cash for Care Act'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Have the Cash for Care Act'

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Health minister Dan Poulter has insisted implementation of a host of reforms to social care will not place undue pressure on local authority budgets at a time of binding constraints in town halls.

Speaking to Public Finance, Poulter said the Care Act - which will introduce increased personalisation of care and a national eligibility threshold based on 'substantial' need from next April - represented an opportunity for local government.

Concerns had been raised by the Local Government Association that councils have not been given the resources needed to implement these changes. An LGA survey in August found 134 of 152 areas with social care responsibilities felt a lack of funding could jeopardise the reforms.

Asked by PF if he thought there was enough funding in the system to meet the cost of the changes, Poulter said: T do. …

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