Health secretary promises £240m will be given to the social care system

In preparation for the winter burden on the NHS, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has promised an emergency £240 million will be given to the social care system. The money will be given to councils to spend on measures such as care packages and home adaptations.

The main reasons for the cash injection is to free up vital beds in hospitals, get people back into their communities and help people who need the hospital care.

Councils have welcomed this influx of money but critics have said the amount isn’t enough and something needs to be done all year round, and not just for Christmas. A huge cash injection to deal with the winter pressures can only go so far.