Help to ease winter pressures on care

December 21 2018

MORE than £2.5 million has been allocated to help meet extra demands on social care services and the NHS.

The money is South Gloucestershire’s share of £650m funding announced for councils in the Budget, of which £410m will be to support social care and £240m is to help alleviate winter pressures on health services.

The funding to South Gloucestershire totals £2.53m, £1.6m for adult and children social care and a further winter pressures grant of £935,000.

The council’s cabinet member for children and young people, Jon Hunt, said: “We are pleased the demand pressures are being acknowledged in children’s services and wish to thank the Government for listening to us and the Chancellor for offering this vital funding.”

He said the winter pressure funding would enable the council and NHS locally to work closer together.

Cabinet member for adult care Ben Stokes added: “We welcome the Government’s announcement in response to our representations made at the highest levels, highlighting the need for more money to meet rising demand for adult social care in South Gloucestershire.”