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13th April 2017

Changes will widen £40m black hole, says CFW chairman

Recent changes to the way residential social care is paid for will widen the £40m-a-year funding black hole, according to Care Forum Wales' chairman Mario Kreft.

Mr Kreft backs the Welsh Government's decision to increased the capital limit used in charging, but says the policy is flawed because it will plunge the sector into a deeper financial crisis.

See BBC news, Mario Kreft interview - 'sector is in a dysfunctional state'

The changes were announced as part of the Welsh Government's five year plan, Taking Wales Forward.

Mr Kreft said: "The principle that people should be able to retain a decent amount of their own money that they’ve saved during their lifetime has to be correct. The sorts of savings figures that we’re talking about are not considered these days to be excessive.

"From that point of view I would applaud the Welsh Government, but they must also ensure is proper funding for the sector.

"The problem is that there is already an annual funding shortfall of £40m and this is unfortunately going to exacerbate an already dire situation. If there any loss in funding to providers due to these changes then the Welsh Government needs to make it up."

Read more on this story on the South Wales Argus website.


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