17 Mar Council Leader welcomes £20m boost for Social Care budget in Warwickshire
The Leader of Warwickshire County Council, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, has welcomed a £20m boost for Social Care in the county following the announcements by the Chancellor in last week’s budget.
The Government has pledged an extra £2billion for Social Care to ease the pressure on councils across the country. Warwickshire County Council will receive an additional £20m over three years with £8m being made available in the first year of funding. The £20m from the Government will supplement the additional funds secured for Social Care as part of the County Council’s budget process last month. During the February budget meeting councillors from across the political divide agreed to a 2% precept with the money being ring-fenced for Social Care.
Cllr Seccombe has led the calls for additional funding to be made available to councils to deal with the increased pressure on Social Care budgets. Speaking after the Chancellor’s announcement last week Cllr Seccombe commented: “The Government has listened and reaffirmed its commitment to our elderly and most vulnerable residents.”
Cllr Seccombe added: “The Conservative Group at Warwickshire County Council have always placed the needs of our county’s most vulnerable residents at the centre of our efforts to ensure support for people at every stage of their lives. During the budget setting process last month councillors from across the political divide agreed to a 2% precept to help fund Social Care and to help meet the additional cost to the Council of the National Living Wage. With this additional funding from the Government we can now further safeguard those services in Social Care that have come under considerable pressure in recent years.”
Cllr Seccombe concluded: “This additional funding has only been possible because of the fiscally responsible leadership of the Conservatives in Government and at Shire Hall. Without a strong economy we would be unable to fund the services that local people demand and deserve and there is no doubt that those services would be at risk if Labour were to ever get control of Warwickshire’s finances.”