The Chancellor’s decision to provide more money for social care has been welcomed by the leader of Staffordshire County Council.
Philip Hammond outlined plans to invest an additional £2billion into services across England over the next three years.
And he said long term plans to tackle the social care funding gap would be explored later in the year.
Cllr Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said the Chancellor’s additional funding showed a national recognition of the scale of the issue.
“Social care is the biggest pressure facing local authorities today,” he said. “This coming financial year the county council will be spending £300million helping the vulnerable.
“This is a national issue and the Chancellor’s announcement of extra money to spend on helping the elderly out of hospital and back into their homes, including some to be spent from April onwards, is recognition that we can’t solve the problem in isolation.”
Cllr Atkins said the county council was well positioned to help build on the Chancellor’s plans to get business booming.
“We have focused in Staffordshire on investment in physical, electronic and educational infrastructure so that new and existing businesses can thrive and prosper,” Cllr Atkins said. “The proof of the success of that policy has been unemployment rates in the county standing at one per cent or lower since 2015.
“We have £37 million earmarked for Staffordshire in the next few years to shape the skills training system and this follows a great deal of planning and consultation by the county council in recent years so our employers know they have a skilled workforce on their doorstep, while better trained workers can earn more.”