The King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation are urging the government to address the critical state of social care in its forthcoming Autumn Statement.
The briefing calls on the government to recognise the immediate funding pressures facing the sector by bringing forward to next year funding from the Better Care Fund which is planned to reach £1.5 billion in 2019/20. It also makes it clear that the NHS funding settlement will need to be revisited in future financial statements.
The following six graphics illustrate some of the key points in the briefing.
1. In 2015/16 the Department of Health overspent its revenue budget by £207 million, mostly to manage the deficits of NHS trusts - which reached £2.5 billion.
2. Health spending will rise by £4.2 billion by 2020/21. That's 1.1% on average each year this Parliament - almost identical to the last and much less than the long-term average of 4%.
3. Health spending will not increase at all in 2018/19 and will increase by just 0.3% in 2019/20.
4. Public health budgets suffered £200 million of cuts in 2015/16 - and will fall by a further £600 million by 2020/21. This is already affecting spending on services such as smoking cessation and sexual health.
5. After six years of cuts to adult social care, 400,000 fewer people over 65 have access to council-funded social care. People on low incomes are the most likely to be missing out.
6. Social care spending will rise over the course of this parliament. But this is not enough to cover even the current overstretched level of services.