Sep 21

Response to the Government's announcement on adult social care reform plans and funding

Posted on Tuesday 7th September 2021

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said:

The Government’s announcement today recognises the need to better value and develop the 1.5 million skilled and motivated people working in social care who support people in our communities and families every day to live the lives they choose.

We welcome the investment of an initial £500m over 3 years in the skills and learning of social care staff who deserve to be developed and have their skills recognised, investment in supporting staff wellbeing and in the continuing professional development for the regulated workforce such as nurses in social care who play such an important role.

We are committed to working with DHSC and other partners on the workforce elements of the proposals, including how we can improve recruitment and retention across the sector as the numbers of workers we need continues to grow.

And we look forward to working on longer term reform proposals and the increased investment in social care which will be needed in the future.