MP welcomes social care boost


EAST Devon MP, Sir Hugo Swire, has welcomed the Government’s decision to plough billions of pounds extra into the social care system saying it will mitigate the loss of hospital beds in Devon.

As part of the Budget announced last week, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that there would be £2billion of additional grant funding for social care over the next three years, with £1bn available in 2017-18.

Mr Hammond says the additional funding will allow local authorities to ‘act now’ to commission care packages. Over the past months Sir Hugo has led calls for greater social care funding.

He was part of a cross-party delegation of MPs which recently met with the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to discuss social care.

He has also made the case for more funding on numerous occasions in the House of Commons and most recently last week when he questioned Treasury ministers on the subject.

Sir Hugo said: “I have been proud to be part of the parliamentary campaign for more social care spending and I pay tribute to my colleagues from across the political spectrum for making the case to Government so effectively.

“An extra £2billion over the next three years will alleviate much of this pressure.”

Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Chard & Ilminster Reporter | After studying for his NCTJ in Bournemouth, Peter started with the paper in June 2015 on a freelance basis, now permanently based in East Devon covering community and council news.