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£10m social care funding boost exposes “inadequacy” of original budget, say Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the Welsh Government’s £10m boost to social care funding, but said it “exposed the inadequacy” of the original budget allocation.

Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Secretary for Social Services, reacted to the Minister for Social Service’s announcement questioning whether the extra money would be sufficient in putting to bed any threats of service closures.

Ms Davies said: “Any additional contribution to social care funding is to be welcomed, given that it is one of the most important challenges now confronting society.

“This does however expose the inadequacy of the Welsh Government’s original budget allocation, which barely covered the rise in the living wage.

“I would question how the extra £10m will be spent, and – crucially – will it see off the threat of a reduction in commissioned services provided by local authorities?

“Of course, extra money isn’t the only answer to the Welsh Government’s social services delivery woes; innovative solutions to rising pressures on services are key to long-term sustainability and the Welsh Government must do all it can to support this.”