NEWS that an extra £1.5billion of adult social care funding will be available for local authorities to apply for has been welcomed by Worcestershire County Council.
The announcement was made by Chancellor Sajid Javid as part of spending plans for the next year.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care at County Hall said: “Adult social care is a big priority in Worcestershire, with around 40 per cent of our budget going to support vulnerable adults in the county.
“In Worcestershire we have felt the pressure to cope with the increase in demand and the pressure this has put on our budgets.
“We have hugely passionate and dedicated staff who work hard to make a difference in people’s lives.
“It is vital that we can continue offering support to those in the county that need it most, and this funding is a great acknowledgement of that.”
Last year, to celebrate 70 years of adult social care the County Council presented the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, with a birthday card signed by councillors across all parties that stressed the need for further funding of adult social care to ensure those who need it receive good quality support.
Worcestershire County Council is awaiting further details on the exact funding position for Worcestershire.