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Mr Hammond failed to earmark any of the additional £23bn for infrastructure on social care [Image: Getty].

Mr Hammond failed to earmark any of the additional £23bn for infrastructure on social care [Image: Getty].


The part of this that really infuriates is that Mr Hammond responds to all criticisms, not just those from his own party, in the same way:

“I know it’s tempting for honourable members opposite to paint everything as a crisis or a looming chaos. It’s not the case. We have a programme of investment in the NHS, it is being delivered and we’ll keep a very close eye on the way it’s delivered.”

But we know how that plays out.

He delivers the investment he promised – either in full or in part; in either case it won’t be enough.

The service falls into exactly the chaos he denied would happen.

And then he says, “Despite our best efforts, the publicly-funded service has failed. Nobody could have saved it [a lie]. We are therefore turning it over to private capital, who will run it for profit.”

See if he doesn’t.

Philip Hammond’s failure to inject money into social care means the services remain in “crisis” and could result in a “human cost”, according to the leader of a Conservative council.

The criticism comes after Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, failed to earmark any of the additional £23bn for infrastructure on social care at his first Autumn Statement in the Commons. His only mention of the NHS was to repeat a pledge to provide the health service with £10bn in extra funding by the end of the decade.

Izzie Secombe, the Tory leader of Warwickshire County Council and a member of the Local Government Association, said councils, care providers, charities and the NHS have all urged Mr Hammond to use his first financial statement as Chancellor to properly fund adult social care.

The former Conservative pensions minister Baroness Altmann added: “We need urgent recognition of the disgraceful state of social care.”

Source: Chancellor’s failure to fund social care will have ‘human cost’, says leader of Tory council | The Independent

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