The CEO of Birmingham City Council outlines some of his thoughts on the Autumn statement. He says there is a real opportunity for Government to join up the dots rather than make siloed policy decisions. There is an opportunity for post Coalition, post Brexit thinking to really take a community first opportunity. Will government be brave enough to challenge vested interests.
Brexit means the economic foundations have shifted and the chancellor has said he wants to reset economic policy in response. This will mean the end of moving into surplus by the previous chancellor’s 2020 target and we hope that means a relaxation of the cuts that have been disproportionately targeted at councils for six years. There have been calls for more money for social care and we know through our work on sustainability and transformation plans there can be no sustainable transformation of health and social care without a whole-system approach and an injection of cash. The government surely has no option but to bring forward the enhanced better care fund and supplement the social care precept, which has proven to be significantly undercooked in addressing living wage, rising demand and market failure issues.