Welfare charity Norwood reacts to changes to adult social care funding

8 March 2017

Money for adult social care welcome but Government must announce plans to secure long-term funding, says social care charity Norwood.

Government plans to spend £2bn towards the costs of adult social care over the next three years, announced in the Budget today, are welcome – but further steps must be taken to ensure providers can continue to deliver front-line services, according to social care charity Norwood.

Jewish charity Norwood, headquartered in Stanmore in North-West London, provides residential care and supported living services to adults with learning disabilities. Local authorities pay for these services through allocated Government funds, so insufficient funds affect the services the charity is able to provide. Norwood works with 56 local authorities and has 55 homes and centres across London and the South East.

Commenting on the Budget, Norwood CEO Elaine Kerr said: "Adult social care budgets up and down the country are stretched to the limit, therefore the £2bn promised over the next three years will be most welcome, helping Norwood and other adult social care providers to give the top quality care that residents deserve. However, the Chancellor has not indicated how the Government intends to close the substantial budget deficit the sector faces in the long-term. If this is not addressed, the adults we support through residency and supported living may find the local Government care packages cut even further and see their care suffer as a result. We look forward to seeing the findings of the Government’s proposed green paper on funding and hope it clarifies a more strategic approach to addressing the obvious challenges to adult social care in this country."

About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

Further information

For further information please contact Norwood press team:
By email: pressoffice@norwood.org.uk
By phone: 020 8420 6928

Contact us