Government boost for social care welcomed by MP

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AN MP has backed the government’s announcement that it will give Hampshire millions of pounds of extra funding to ease winter pressures.

The county is set to receive a windfall of £4,754,497 to reduce the strain felt by local social care providers – which can become extremely busy when cold weather arrives. 

The cash follows the announcement of £145m to improve emergency care within the NHS this winter.

Welcoming the influx, Fareham MP Suella Braverman said: ‘I am delighted that Hampshire is receiving funding to help social care services cope with winter pressures. This is part of our balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling.

‘Social care packages allow people to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough and ensure they can regain independence and confidence at home. This will allow Hampshire to meet the care needs of more local people this winter.’