23rd November 2016
Statement from Solace President Jo Miller in response to the Autumn Statement
This is a statement from Jo Miller, Solace President and Chief Executive of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, in response to the Autumn statement:
The measures announced in this year’s Autumn Statement to stimulate housing delivery, to devolve borrowing powers, and to support regional infrastructure, are welcome. However, the elephant in the room is social care. It is almost universally understood that the system is extremely fragile and negatively impacts on an NHS which is also under pressure.
Many across both sectors had hoped for some concession from the Chancellor; a recognition of the seriousness of the situation and some clear measures to tackle it. It is disappointing that this has not happened. We can only hope that, in the public spending review the Chancellor announced, the Government is developing a serious plan to ensure the future sustainability of our health and care systems.