Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:
“Whilst we welcome the announcement of additional funding in this year’s budget speech for services which protect the most vulnerable in our society, this is a short term fix with little certainty of continued and sustainable support in the years to come.
“The £650m which has been allocated by the Government for social care nationally next year will certainly help but this is in the context of an overall reduction of £1.3 billion in funding for local government in 2019/20.
“The Government has an opportunity with the forthcoming green paper on adult social care and the spending review, to make clear its long term funding commitment to local government and to demonstrate that we really have reached the end of austerity. This is a matter of urgency if we are to continue to deliver high quality services to our communities. We are reaching crisis point.”