Turning Point responds to the Spending Review

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the Chancellor's Spending Review announced today, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said;

"The £3 billion of health and social care funding that will be used to commission joint services by the NHS and local councils is good to see but should not only benefit the elderly. Turning Point has been calling for action to address the gaps in health and social care for a long time and this is an important step in the right direction. It must, however be accompanied by commissioning based on an understanding of community need. We need to make sure that the services provided for people with multiple complex needs, including those effected by substance misuse, mental health and learning disability, fit the individuals' needs not the other way round, if we are to address the gaps that exist. The distinction between health and social care is a meaningless one to the service user and we need to ensure we keep championing greater integration between the two.

The inclusion of a government cap on disability and housing benefits is a real worry and puts extra pressure on health and social care when people do not have the support they need to live independent lives. I firmly believe that the case for more adult social care funding is not just ethical, it is economic.

What we need is an honest appraisal by this Government of cost; do cuts to social care and disability benefits actually save money or is the cost of caring simply shunted from one department's budget to another's?"