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Leader of Staffordshire County Council welcomes budget pledge on NHS – but warns of need for adult social care funding

The leader of Staffordshire County Council has welcomed the Chancellor’s budget pledge for NHS investment – but warned adult social care still poses significant changes in areas like Lichfield and Burntwood.

Cllr Philip Atkins. Pic: M Holland

Cllr Philip Atkins. Pic: M Holland

Cllr Philip Atkins made his comments in the wake of Philip Hammond’s announcement yesterday.

As well as pledging further investment in education and skills, the Chancellor also outlined proposals to increase NHS funding.

But Cllr Atkins said the lack of discussion around social care was disappointing.

“While extra funding for the NHS this winter is welcome for Staffordshire, for county councils in particular, the funding challenges and pressures on adult social care remain enormous and a long-term solution on how this is funded still needs to be fully addressed nationally,” he said.

“We will be now be looking towards the Local Government Financial Settlement for the detail for the funding for Staffordshire.”

The Chancellor also added his commitment to working with the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine to drive decision making and funding within regions getting his continued backing.

Cllr Atkins said work would now take place to fully understand the impact on our region.

“There was good news, but as always it can take several weeks to examine what the budget really means not just for the council, but for families and businesses in the county.

“Here in Staffordshire, we are committed to creating the right conditions to grow the economy and create not only more jobs, but more well-paid, better skilled jobs to boost productivity, so it was good to see this echoed in the Chancellor’s speech today.

“It was also good to see the need to invest in maths, computing and digital skills and re-training at the ground level to ensure people in places like Staffordshire can benefit from these jobs as they are created.”

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Norman

    24th November, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Doesn’t fool me. When has he put pressure on the County’s Tory MP’s to challenge the government over social care funding? When has he issued press releases condemning the cuts in services because of his government’s cuts to local authorities. Don’t tell me – quietly behind the scenes – where it doesn’t count.