The Autumn budget – NAVCA’s analysis
Whilst this week’s announcement of the Autumn budget delivered very little detail around future support and funding for VCSE organisations, to statutory sector commissioning or to the recent pledges made in the Civil Society Strategy and Loneliness Strategy, it did outline some fairly significant measures relating to health and social care services.
Mental health services were addressed directly and are to receive an increase in funding, with an investment of up to £250m by 2023/24. This investment is intended to cover the cost of a suite of mental health crisis services including dedicated mental health support in every major A&E department, a 24/7 crises helpline and increased community services.
Ahead of the forthcoming Adult Social Care Green Paper, Government has pledged an additional £240m in adult social care funding in 2018/19 and a further £240m in 2019/20, intended to ease winter pressures on the NHS. There will be an additional £55m in the remainder of this financial year for the Disabilities Facilities Grant and £410m will be made available for both adults’ and children’s social care.
You can find more detail on all of the points above and further analysis of the Budget in our ‘Key take outs’, available on NAVCA Connect now.