Govt support for social care welcomed, but worries remain

Govt support for social care welcomed, but worries remain

A leading dementia charity has praised government plans to provide extra funding for social care.

As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, chancellor George Osborne confirmed that an extra £2 billion a year will be made available for social care by 2014.

Reacting to the news, the Alzheimer's Society interim chief executive Ruth Sutherland said that the charity was pleased that social care had been acknowledged as a priority issue by the government.

"However, the cuts in local authority budgets mean there will still not be enough money, as the number of people with dementia and the cost continue to grow. This is likely to have a detrimental impact on the services," she said.

The Stroke Association also expressed concern about the burden placed on local authorities, with loss of support for stroke survivors pushing them towards isolation and exclusion.

Councils had already been reducing stroke services to patients before these announcements, the charity added.

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