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Spring Statement fails to address the care crisis

Today's Spring Statement was another missed chance for the UK Government to address the crisis in social care.

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Spring Statement today, a mini version of the Government’s annual Autumn Budget.

It’s an opportunity for the UK Government to update us on the state of the economy, progress made since the Autumn Budget, and their economic plans for the future.

The Chancellor announced plans for a government spending review to begin this summer, which would address funding across departments, including social care. But we know the crisis in social care can’t wait.

Social care held hostage by Brexit paralysis

Our Director of External Affairs, Genevieve Edwards said: “You can’t hold social care hostage to the success of the Brexit negotiations. More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and many of them are going without even basic support to wash and get dressed right now. This is a classic example of Brexit paralysis from Government and it’s utterly unacceptable.

Where's the green paper on social care?

“Where is the green paper that we were promised over two years ago? Every day that goes by without a solution to this crisis brings more misery for desperate people. The publication of the NHS long-term plan shows that the Government can deliver ambitious solutions to at least one key issue. We need to see that leadership again, now, and since the success of the NHS plan hinges on proper social care funding, we’d better get on with it.”

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