Watch: Coverage of CCN’s social care analysis across national and regional news

CCN Latest News, CCN News 2019 | 30 August 2019

Yesterday the County Councils Network released a new analysis of social care funding, which revealed that £2.4bn worth of ‘temporary’ grant funding for care services are at risk next year.

The network’s warnings that some services could start to be decommissioned in the coming months as a result of this funding not continuing was featured across the national news, including prime-time BBC News at Six and Ten, online and on radio, in the Daily Mail, and on the front page of the Yorkshire Post.

The report, which you can download by clicking the image to the left, concludes that alongside these temporary grants, an extra £650m will be required next year to match the escalating costs of care.

CCN has released this analysis ahead of the Spending Round next Wednesday, and county leaders have urged the Chancellor to commit to ‘rolling over’ these vital grants at next week’s fiscal set-piece.

The government grant funding currently at risk includes the Improved Better Care Fund, which is coming to the end of its three-year cycle in 2020, alongside the social care grant for councils and a winter pressures grant, both of which were announced at last October’s Budget.

Without the continuation of this funding councils will soon have to begin decommissioning frontline services and care packages for the elderly aimed at reducing delayed discharges from hospital due to a lack of availability of non-acute care beds, whilst also making further reductions to core care services alongside preventative measures and discharge work to help get people out of hospital quicker.

Below, you can watch the BBC News at Six’s package, featuring footage from North Yorkshire County Council.

In addition, BBC News also interviewed our chairman-elect, Cllr David Williams, who told the channel ““We’ve heard about the health service, the police and we’ve heard about education. I want the the Chancellor to also commit to the support of local councils in delivering care”

You can read our press release on the analysis here.