Responding to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement, chief executive of United Response, Tim Cooper, said:

“The Chancellor’s failure to address the social care crisis in today’s statement, is deeply worrying for the most vulnerable people in society.

Mr Hammond announced that Britain will be the fastest growing major economy this year, yet he provided no relief for local authorities struggling to fund essential social care services.

“Raising the National Living Wage for our valued social care workers is welcome, but it means nothing if our funding partners – local authorities - cannot afford to pay it.

“The council tax precept, Better Care Fund and local business rates alone cannot fulfil the funding gap in social care. This fact was widely presented to the Chancellor by politicians from across the political divide, and throughout the social care sector. 

“Our most conservative calculation of additional funding needed for social care by 2020 is £1.166bn, with £926mn required for learning disability support services alone.[1]

“It is hypocritical for the Government to continue to advocate for adequate care, without providing the necessary funding. The immense gulf between the aspirations of the Care Act, and the reality as experienced by millions of older and disabled people has just been added to by this staggering omission from the Chancellor.

“Today's statement undermines the Government's own Transforming Care agenda, which is already failing to support thousands of disabled people to live as equal citizens in local communities.

“Hundreds of thousands of people with a learning disability depend on social care to live happy, dignified and independent lives.  This vital support is now set to move from crisis point towards catastrophe so that disabled people who are ‘just about managing’ will merely exist.

“Today the Chancellor aspired to make efficiency savings so as to reinvest in “priority areas”.  It would appear from today’s statement that social care for the most vulnerable people in society is not a priority for this Government.”

Tim Cooper, Chief Executive, United Response


[1] Learning Disability Voices (2016); The Care Crisis Manifesto (Download PDF)