The Government has announced an extra £150m for social care which ‘will be allocated according to relative needs’.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid
However social care chiefs have said it “is not going to make a great deal of difference” and have criticised the extra injection of cash as a “sticking plaster over a gaping wound”.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has made the extra money available following publication of the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2018 to 2019.
In a statement to Parliament, he said: “I recognise the need to prioritise spending on social care services that councils provide to our elderly and vulnerable citizens. This is why we announced an additional £2 billion at Spring Budget 2017 for adult social care over the three years from 2017-18. This year we have seen how this money has enabled councils to increase provider fees, provide for more care packages and reduce delayed transfer of care.
“And, having listening to representations since the provisional settlement, I am today announcing a further £150 million in 2018-19 for an Adult Social Care Support Grant. This will be taken from anticipated underspend in existing departmental budgets, and will not affect existing revenue commitments made to local government. This will be allocated according to relative needs and we will expect to see councils use it to build on their progress so far in supporting sustainable local care markets.”
Margaret Willcox, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), called all money “welcome” and said: “We will make the most of what we get, but considering councils need more than £2bn just to stand still in 2018-19, this is not going to make a great deal of difference.
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Everycare Hastings hold another great community open day at the Manor Barn.
Thanks to those who attended our recent care advice clinic held at The Manor Barn.
Situated in the historic Bexhill Old Town, the Manor Barn is a traditional Sussex long barn brimming with charm both inside and out. The splendour of its exposed wooden beams, ornate stone fireplace and wood panelled walls is complemented by its delightful formal garden setting, covered walkways and sublime ruins of the old Manor House.
We look forward to visiting the venue again soon. If you were unable to make the event and would like advice on your loved ones care needs, please contact us today.
Thanks to everyone who visited our stand at the Priory Meadow shopping centre on 4th January!
Everycare Hastings staff provided information and advice on home care to visitors to the shopping centre. It was a great way to meet people from the local area and to hear their experiences and needs with regard to caring for their loved ones. Also to be able to provide our experiences and information on our care services.
All in all,we had a wonderful day!
Singing in groups can make you happier and reduce anxiety and depression, according to a new study.
The research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with the group Sing Your Heart Out has revealed that people who took part in a community singing group maintained or improved their mental health.
The combination of singing and socialising was found to be an essential part of recovery because it promoted an ongoing feeling of belonging and wellbeing.
Lead researcher Prof Tom Shakespeare from UEA’s Norwich Medical School said: “We found that singing as part of a group contributes to people’s recovery from mental health problems.
“The main way that Sing Your Heart Out differs from a choir is that anyone can join in regardless of ability. There’s also very little pressure because the participants are not rehearsing towards a performance. It’s very inclusive and it’s just for fun.”
The format is also different to a therapy group because there’s no pressure on anyone to discuss their condition.
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