The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today (25 November) unveiled the government's one-year spending plans, including key announcements for the health and social care sector:
- An extra £3 billion for the NHS in England next year to help tackle backlogs in the health service.
- Pay rise for NHS staff, based on advice from the national pay review bodies.
- Pay for the rest of the public sector will be paused for a year.
- Public sector workers earning less than £24,000 will receive a pay increase of at least £250.
- The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent to £8.91 for those aged 23 and over.
- Local authorities’ core spending power on social care will increase by by 4.5 per cent, giving access to £1 billion more to fund social care on top of the extra £1 billion social care grant announced earlier this year.
The NHS Confederation has published a member briefing offering analysis and a viewpoint on the announcements, and you can read the review in full on the gov.uk website.