Extra £20m for Social Care in Wales

Social care in Wales has received a funding boost as the Welsh Government announces an additional £20m for the next financial year (2017/18).

The extra funding is on top of the £25m already provided to local authorities through the revenue support grant.

In addition, the Welsh Government announced in January an additional £10m a year specifically aimed at supporting the social care workforce by meeting the extra costs associated with the introduction of the national living wage.

It brings the total additional investment for social care to £55m in 2017/18, which is in line with the extra investment announced in England after the Chancellor’s Spring Budget.

Wrexham’s Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the extra finance and said: “Social care workers perform an admirable job in looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our society and with an ever-increasing and ageing population, the sector is integral to safeguarding our NHS.”

“Despite the ongoing cuts to the Welsh budget, the Welsh Government has prioritised funding for social care – with spending on health and social care remaining 6% higher per person in Wales than in England.”

“Alongside the additional investment, measures are in place to help ensure the sector is strong and sustainable for the future.”