Care homes across Britain face financial meltdown after George Osborne failed to fill a black hole in their funding, industry bosses have warned. The chancellor revealed a string of measures in the autumn statement designed to support the finances of the social care sector, which is under growing pressure from a squeeze in the fees councils pay towards residents and a rise in costs for care home operators. However, key figures claimed Osborne had not gone far enough and care homes could now start to close. They said the chancellor was “short of money and ideas” and criticised the autumn statement as a “missed opportunity”. The chancellor’s major announcement was that councils will be able to increase council tax by up to 2% to fund adult social care. This council tax “precept” could raise up to £2bn a year by 2020, which would fund more than 50,000 care home residents or the care of nearly 200,000 people in their own homes. In addition, Osborne wants to loosen restrictions on student nurses, which will allow care homes to use fewer agency workers, who are more expensive. He also announced a major review into integrating health and social care by 2020. At… Read full this story
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