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.