The Conservative Government has announced how much additional funding local authorities in England will receive to ease pressures over winter. Here in Suffolk, the County Council will receive £3.26m.
Earlier this month, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced £240 million for the social care system over winter, giving councils a significant boost to prevent people from going into hospital unnecessarily and getting them home as soon as they are ready.
This funding will ease pressure on the health system, and follows the announcement of £145 million to improve emergency care within the NHS this winter.
The money will pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker, reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence, and home adaptations.
This is part of our balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling. Whilst Jeremy Corbyn and his local representatives try to make people feel depressed and threaten £1 trillion of unfunded spending, in the real world, Conservatives are giving this very helpful £3m to Suffolk to help social care services cope with winter pressures.