06 FEB 2018

More money for social care

Kent MPs win £3.9 million extra Government funding for Social Care

Kent MPs have welcomed the news of an extra £3.9 million for social care in Kent, announced today by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.

The announcement follows a series of meetings between Kent MPs and Ministers, pressing for rising costs to be addressed in the forthcoming Local Government Finance Settlement. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, has also argued vigorously for a more generous funding settlement for the county.

In recognition of the growing need for Social Care, the Government is providing an extra £150m Social Care Grant to Local Authorities across England for 2018/19.

Kent County Council will benefit from its share of the £150m, in addition to being one of just 12 authorities piloting the retention of Business Rates, which is expected to generate £20 million.

The County is also expecting to see an uplift of 2.5% to core funding confirmed in tomorrow's Local Government Funding Settlement.

Helen Grant MP said: "I am glad to hear that additional funding will be granted, after meeting with the Secretary of State to highlight the pressures being faced locally. Kent geographically is a big county and there are a number of challenges which are almost entirely unique to our area. This funding will give a much needed boost to social care initiatives and it shows that the Government recognise that extra money is required in areas such as ours."

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