Adult social care 2022/23

Adult social care precept

The Local Government Settlement for 2022/23 has given powers for Local Authorities with Adult Social Care responsibilities to raise Council Tax above the referendum limit by up to 1%. The income generated by this is ring-fenced specifically for Adult Social Care.

In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor indicated that the Adult Social Care Precept could be increased by up to 1% each year. These potential increases have been incorporated into medium-term financial planning projections.

Improved Better Care Fund Grant

The Improved Better Care Fund grant is distributed to authorities with Social Care responsibilities based on a formula that considers need and Council Tax raising ability.

As part of the Chancellor’s Spring Budget back in March 2017, further funding for authorities with Adult Social Care responsibilities was announced. This took the form of an original improved Better Care Fund (BCF) grant and an additional (supplementary) improved BCF grant.

The government requires both grants to be pooled in the Better Care Fund but used for adult social care purposes. This means that decisions on how the money is spent are made jointly with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Devon. The government has stated the deployment of this is for the benefit of health and social care overall, including reducing delayed transfers of care and enhancing hospital discharge, but used for the purposes of improving the overall health and social care system.

For 2022/23 the government has announced that the original improved BCF grant will continue along with the additional improved BCF grant – with the latter element receiving some inflationary uplift.

The table below sets out the value of the grant elements:

17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21 21/22 22/23 23/24 and future years
£m £m £m £m £m £m £m
Original improved better care fund 0.2 10.2 19.7 19.7 19.7 19.7 19.7
Additional improved better care fund 15.2 10.2 5.0 8.6 8.6 9.4 9.4
Winter pressures 0.0 0.0 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total 15.4 20.4 28.3 28.3 28.3 29.1 29.1

No announcement has yet been made on the level of grant the authority can expect beyond 2022/23. The MTFS assumes the grant ongoing at £29 million, but this is far from certain.