Taking inspiration from a recent £2bn investment in England, it appears that Wales has followed suit when it comes to social care, investing a further £20m in the area. Contributed by Welsh Government, this money will predominantly be used to prevent children from entering the care system, supporting families as well as children who are ‘on the edge’ of going into care.
Councils are also set to receive £3m to pay for respite for carers.
Thought to be an underfunded service Plaid Cymru welcomed “any additional investment”, believing that our system in Wales needed a great deal of revision.
A spokesperson from the party said:
“The Welsh Government had little option but to increase funding given the pressures the NHS faced.
“For too long the Conservative party has failed to understand how vital social care is in keeping the NHS functional, and the additional finance is too little too late.”
Gathering a similar opinion from various organisations and bodies, Public Health Minister also voiced her thoughts on the matter. Released in a statement, Rebecca Evans said:
“We are acutely aware of the pressures being faced by the sector and by local government.
“It is vital that we support the development of social services that are sustainable for the future.
“There is no doubt that the public sector is facing unprecedented challenges. We need to continue to build our resilience.”
A WLGA spokesperson progressed words of relief regarding this investment, believing it to symbolise recognition that the health of the Welsh population relied on a lot more than health care services alone.
“The WLGA will continue to work with Welsh Government and make a case for sustainable solutions to the challenges in social care as an issue of national strategic importance.
“We also look to the new UK government following the forthcoming general election to come up with sustainable solutions to the longer term funding of social care and ensure that the hard choices required are made to safeguard vital provision for children and older people now and into the future.”