Budget 2018 falls short for seriously ill children

Posted on the 30th October 2018

Yesterday’s Budget 2018 speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a number of welcome increases to adult and children’s social care and mental health services. However it falls short of the £434 million desperately needed for disabled children’s services.

As the national charity for seriously ill children and leading member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, we are dismayed once again that the needs of the UK’s growing population of children and young people living with serious illness and exceptional health needs have not been recognised.

In November 2017 the Disabled Children’s Partnership commissioned research by Development Economics to quantify what the current funding gap is for disabled children’s services. For example, services such as specialist equipment, speech therapy and short breaks. They concluded that an estimated additional £434 million needs to be allocated to disabled children’s social care services by local authorities and £1.1 billion by the NHS.

We challenge the Government to recognise and address this growing crisis in children’s health and social care within next year’s Spending Review.

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