Steve Double MP welcomes additional money for Cornwall’s social care

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement in last week’s Budget that Cornwall is due to receive almost £24m to help fund social care.

Speaking in the Budget last week Chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced that an additional £2 billion will be given to councils in England over the next 3 years for adult social care.

Cornwall will be getting a total of almost £24 million over the next three years, £12,068,325 for this coming year, £7,939,590 for 2018/19 and £3,943,423 for 2019/20.

Commenting, Steve said:

“We are all aware of the pressure our local care system in Cornwall has been under recently. I have worked with my Cornish MP colleagues to lobby the Government for more money for Cornwall and am pleased that we will be getting a sizeable share of this new pot of money.”

“Cornwall Council can use this £24m to commission new care packages.”

“This will enable mainly frail, elderly people to be better supported in order to enable them to continue living safely at home and also, in particular, help reduce the number of older patients who get stuck in hospital – sometimes for many months – despite being medically fit to leave, because the current social care system in Cornwall fails to provide the support they need to return home.”

“This is great news and I look forward to working with Cornwall Council to ensure this money is spent sensibly for the benefit of those people who need it most.”