Westminster Parliament London

Autumn Statement ignores social care crisis

Today the Chancellor Philip Hammond laid out the Government’s economic plan for the year ahead in its Autumn Statement.

We were deeply disappointed to see no mention at all of social care. This means there is unlikely to be increased national Government funding for social care before 2020.

In the lead up to the statement, we had been calling on the Government to urgently address the social care funding crisis.

Long-term solution needed

Michelle Mitchell, our Chief Executive, said: “At a time when social care is in dire need, its absence from the Chancellor’s statement spells tough years ahead for the thousands of people, including the vast majority of people with MS, who need care and support.

“Without longer-term sustainable funding of social care, people and their families will continue to suffer and avoidable pressure will be piled onto the NHS at a time it least needs it.

No further cuts to welfare

“We were pleased, however, to see the Government reaffirm its commitment to no further cuts to welfare spending.

“Too many people with MS and other long-term conditions have already been seriously impacted by changes to disability benefits.”