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Today, the Government has confirmed how much additional funding local authorities in England will receive to ease pressures over the coming winter. This includes £500,898 for West Berkshire.

Earlier this month, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced £240 million for the social care system over the winter, giving Councils a significant funding boost to prevent people from going into hospital unnecessarily and getting them home as soon as they are ready.

This funding will ease pressure on the health system, and follows the announcement of £145 million to improve emergency care within the NHS this winter.

The money will pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker, reablement packages to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence, and home adaptations.

Richard Benyon has welcomed this announcement:

“I am delighted that West Berkshire is receiving over £500,000 of funding to help social care services cope with winter pressures. Social care packages allow people to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough, and ensure they can regain independence and confidence at home.

“Spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling is part of our balanced approach to the economy. This funding will allow West Berkshire to meet the care needs of more local people this winter.”