The final settlement announced by Welsh Government confirms the funding package for local government in 2017-18 provisionally announced last October. We welcome the fact that some of the additional pressures identified by the WLGA in areas of preventative spend are beginning to be addressed. This is an ongoing issue and there needs to be a significant national debate how we fund social care and other community services into the future in light of the Health Foundation report findings that these costs will double by 2030.
Commenting on the settlement, Cllr Anthony Hunt (Torfaen), WLGA Deputy Finance Spokesperson said:
"We welcome the final settlement for local government that has been published today especially the additional £10m resource for social care. I hope that along with other measures this starts to address the £92m shortfall that is faced by social services across Wales. The announcement today will still mean that cuts to local public services will continue as we shoulder the heaviest burden under austerity. All councils across Wales are planning for service pressures beyond 2017-18 and up to the end of the end of decade. In this setting we welcome the ongoing dialogue with the Cabinet Secretary Mark Drakeford AM and the open, constructive approach that he takes. We share his views on the flexibility that we have in Wales relative to our counterparts in England.
Commenting on the Final Budget, Councillor Huw David (Bridgend) - WLGA Spokesperson on Social Care:
“We look forward to working with the Welsh Government on a more sustainable financial framework for local government that addresses the medium and longer term challenges. There is an emerging recognition that funding social care is one of the ways to ensure that the pressures on the NHS in Wales are offset. The policy positions in England and Wales on this at the current time are very different. Welsh Government recognise the importance of preventative services and we now look to the Parliamentary Review on Health and Social Care led by Dr Ruth Hussey to examine how we create a sustainable and properly funded solution to the huge pressures on social care over the next decade. This will be the key task for government across the UK to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.”