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York Lib Dems respond on Budget

March 8, 2017 5:18 PM
By Cllr Keith Aspden

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Keith Aspden, has responded to the Chancellor's Budget announcement today.

Commenting on the Budget and funding for social care, Cllr Aspden said:

"Nationally, there is still an estimated funding gap of £1 billion next year for adult social care. It shows that Liberal Democrats are right to keep campaigning on the issue.

"But this U-turn by the government shows a belated recognition of how wrong they were not to announce any extra funding last month as part of the local government finance settlement. We must remember that the extra money is spread over 3 years - and still leaves a funding gap by 2020.

"Councils like York will need full flexibility over how they use this funding to ensure it helps people live independently in their communities and surrounded by their families and friends and to provide support to people with mental health conditions, learning and physical disabilities.

"Local government faces an overall funding gap of £5.8 billion by 2020, and the challenge of finding a long-term solution to the social care crisis is far from over."