A £240 million support grant that will contribute towards adult care costs has been announced in wake of a growing funding gap.
Secretary for State for Community and Local Government, Sajid Javid, said the funds will be raised through savings from the New Homes Bonus.
The social care crisis is a long-term problem, with the shortfall between demand for care and the money available to pay for it set to reach £2.5 billion by 2020.
On top of these problems, the number of people living with dementia is set to soar to one million by 2021.
According to official figures, 70 per cent of those living in care and 60 per cent of homecare users have dementia. Alzheimer’s Society predicts that the number of people with dementia living in care homes will increase to 358,000 by 2020, with associated costs reaching £4.9 billion.
Commenting on the support grant, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “For a system as starved as social care, a funding boost in any form is desperately needed.
“Time and again, people with dementia and their families are bearing the brunt of the crisis. From the devoted daughter making a 200 mile trip to make sure her mum gets a hot meal to the 82 year old lady hospitalised with a urinary tract infection because she stopped getting support to have a shower each day.”
However, he said, this is a national crisis that needs national leadership.
“Today marks the first signs that the government are beginning to take social care seriously and address the fundamental disconnect between what care costs and the amount councils have available to spend on it,” he continued.
“The long term challenges posed by the growing numbers of people with dementia needing care will not be solved by a short-term fix. We need a fair settlement which does not leave the 850,000 people with dementia worried about their care and their future.”