£1.4million extra support for local social care this winter

Bolton West and Atherton MP Chris Green has welcomed the news that his constituency is to get an extra £1.4 million to help support winter social care.

The money will pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker, reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks so they can regain mobility and confidence and will help fund home adaptations.

The Government cash boost is part of a £240 million winter social care system package announced by Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, earlier this month.

This funding will ease pressure on the health system and follows the announcement of £145 million to improve emergency care within the NHS this winter.

Mr Green said: “I am very pleased the Government is providing extra funding to help our social care services cope with winter pressures.

“Social care packages mean people are able to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough and are fully supported in their return to their homes allowing them to regain their independence and their confidence. This funding will allow the council to meet the care needs of more local people this winter and I urge them to make sure the money is spent wisely.

“There is more to do to improve social care, but this is a welcome start and this funding has only been possible due to government's balanced approach to the economy.”