£2m for social care 'welcome - but not enough'

October 26 2018

Bristol City Council has been allocated an additional £2 million in social care funding from the government.

 This 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.

The news was welcomed by Mark Weston, the Conservative Group leader on the council and newly selected Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West who said: “This funding will allow Bristol to meet the care needs of more local people this winter. Social care packages allow people to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough and ensure they can regain independence and confidence at home.”

Bishopston councillor Eleanor Combley, leader of the Green Group said: “The financial outturn report to Bristol’s Cabinet meeting in September highlighted an £11.8m overspend in adult social care, so while an additional £2m is not to be sniffed at, it isn’t going to solve the whole of the problem by a long way. Previous savings targets in this area have proved hard to achieve, despite consultants’ reports that looked very promising on paper. 

“I am not convinced that the council will, even with all best efforts, be able to bring spending within budget without there being a real impact on people who depend on these services.

"We need to fund social services properly from central taxation so that we can take proper care of the people who need them now.”