Cllr Wales: Chancellor silent on the NHS and care in Autumn Statement

Commenting on Wednesday's autumn statement Councillor Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Lead Member for Resources said: "We are disappointed that this Tory Government has failed to address a number of issues of significance to local councils."

On social care, Simon commented: "Services supporting elderly and vulnerable people are at breaking point now. 

"Councils, the NHS, and social care organisations across the country have been clear about the desperate need for the Chancellor to take action to tackle the funding crisis in adult social care, yet the autumn statement did not mention the NHS or social care once. This is unacceptable.

"It is time this Government takes the crisis in adult social care seriously and injects genuinely new additional funding. Passing the funding buck to local councils for this looming national crisis is not the answer."

On housing, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing Economy and Business Committee said: "The Government's partial climbdown from its attack on social housing is welcome. 

"However, the sticking-plaster funding offer to aid the delivery of affordable homes is simply a case of giving with one hand and taking away with the other until the requirement to sell off council homes to fund housing association right-to-buy is dropped. We are still a very long way from properly addressing the housing crisis and being able to ensure home ownership is as realistic an option for our children as it was for us."

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