22 OCT 2018

Kent to receive social care winter funding boost

Kent will receive more than £6 million in social care funding this winter – a bigger boost than any other local authority in the UK.

The cash will pay for the equipment and treatment needed to help patients recover fully at home, and avoid unnecessary stays at hospitals.

The funding is part of a £240 million country-wide boost to the social care system announced earlier this month.

Its main aim is to ease pressure on the health system, and follows a further £145 million pledge to improve emergency care at the NHS this winter.

I have been urging ministers to provide extra cash to support hospitals and social care in Kent.

Everyone knows how important it is that we offer the best possible social care. We must ensure that our loved ones are being properly looked after – particularly during the winter months and the Christmas period.

That's why I've been urging Ministers to step in and increase funding for Kent. I'm delighted that they have listened and are delivering a £6 million boost."

Kent County Council will receive £6,164,434 in total. The money will be used on social care packages that allow patients to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough, and ensure they can regain independence and confidence at home.

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