The Government seems to be juggling some balls to fund social care - none of which link into the drivers of social care costs. New Homes bonus encourages growth, diverting it seems an odd thing to do. A more comprehensive look at BCF funding is needed.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed councils will be able to raise the social care precept by 3% in each of the next two years while £240m is to be diverted from the new homes bonus to fund social care services.The government is also going to introduce a 0.4% growth target from next year so local authorities will only receive new homes bonus payments on housing built above that baseline. In 2018-19 ministers will consider withholding payments from councils which do not meet planning performance targets, said Mr Javid.