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£19.5M TO ADDRESS CARE PRESSURE POINT

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Local government and finance minister Sue Essex announced today that an extra£19.508m will be provided to tackle o...
Local government and finance minister Sue Essex announced today that an extra£19.508m will be provided to tackle one of the main pressures facing social care services in Wales.

The money, which is part of the£22.382m earmarked for Wales in Gordon Brown's Pre Budget Report in November, will go to local authorities to increase the capacity to care for people in their homes and communities.

The grant will help to reduce delays in transfers of care from hospitals and allow local authorities to improve the way they plan and fund care home places and in turn reduce pressures on council tax. The money may also be used for housing schemes that provide new ways of supporting elderly, infirm or convalescent people living in their own homes.

The minister said: 'The Welsh Assembly Government is determined to ensure that this additional money is put to the best possible use by tackling key concerns for people living in Wales.

'Delayed transfers of care is a problem we must address if our hospitals are to offer an effective service and people are to have the right kind of care in the right place at the right time. Local authorities will receive nearly£20m to increase the capacity to care for people at home and in the community. This will help prevent avoidable hospital admissions and reduce delays to community based care.

'I am also making additional resources, over£0.5m, available to our most deprived communities in Wales in line with the Welsh Assembly Government's pledge to create a better Wales for all.'

Health and social services minister Jane Hutt said: 'This extra£19m will be welcomed by all who are involved in the care sector. Most of us have had experience of ensuring that an elderly or convalescing relative or friend is cared for in the right place. In the vast majority of cases they prefer to be cared for either at home or in their communities. This new funding will help this happen. It is also part of our longer-term agenda, as highli ghted in the Wanless review, to improve social care and thereby reduce pressures on the hospital sector.'

Notes

The formula used to distribute the funding for social care are based on a range of criteria that highlight the need for care amongst pensioners and the deprivation levels of pensioners in each local authority. Criteria include: income support recipients aged 60 and over; pensioners living in households which lack central; heating and/or the exclusive use of basic amenities; pensioners with a limiting long-term illness; pensioners living alone in households.

The Deprivation Grant was introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government last year and is based on the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation which reflects a wide variety of indicators of deprivation.

WELSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENT 2004-05

Extra£20m Exemplifications - Totals

Elderly, residential

and domiciliary care

Deprivation

Total

(1)

(2)

(3) = (2)+(1)

Isle of Anglesey

498,294

11,967

510,261

Gwynedd

986,240

11,628

997,868

Conwy

939,053

4,099

943,152

Denbighshire

720,491

3,968

724,459

Flintshire

780,262

5,300

785,562

Wrexham

877,413

7,575

884,988

Powys

790,866

1,129

791,995

Ceredigion

432,294

2,526

434,820

Pembrokeshire

761,713

8,616

770,329

Carmarthenshire

1,302,972

28,126

1,331,098

Swansea

1,564,334

22,824

1,587,158

Neath Port Talbot

1,051,652

55,538

1,107,190

Bridgend

796,237

17,844

814,081

The Vale Of Glamorgan

650,861

3,943

654,804

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

1,723,887

99,444

1,823,331

Merthyr Tydfil

427,612

50,520

478,132

Caerphilly

1,029,261

58,055

1,087,316

Blaenau Gwent

525,862

61,817

587,679

Torfaen

543,373

10, 643

554,016

Monmouthshire

420,565

10

420,575

Newport

778,791

16,848

795,639

Cardiff

1,905,967

35,580

1,941,547

Total UAs

19,508,000

518,000

20,026,000

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