Mark Whitehead 28 March 2017

Welsh Government announces £20m extra social care spending

The Welsh Government has announced it will spend an extra £20m on social care this year to bring it into line with England.

It says this is on top of the £25m for social care provided to local authorities through the revenue support grant and £10m to help meet workforce cost pressures.

Welsh finance secretary Mark Drakeford said: 'This announcement demonstrates the importance that we attach to our social care sector.

'Despite the cuts we have seen to our budget, we have continued to prioritise funding for social care and taken specific measures to support the sustainability of the social care sector, including investing £60m through the Intermediate Care Fund to support the integration of health and social care. 

'The extra £20m announced today provides an important boost and brings our total additional investment in social services to £55m in 2017-18.'

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