It hardly feels a great devolutionary measure to tell councils to stop spending on other services to fund social care.. Maybe a more radical step would be to divert funding from Whitehall depts such as MOD or DEFRA via asking them to make 3--6% new efficiency savings. The Chancellor appears to recognise the problem with both short term funding and long term structural change in social care but with both BREXIT and the deficit to worry about , you can understand his caution about doing any radical. My contention would be that increased funding on for social care should be directly linked to deficit reduction in the NHS, A heavy injection into social care should reduce pressure on the NHS and the NHS needs to step up and set more robust targets in 17/18 if the social care investment is transformational. If its a sticking plaster then its unreasonable to expect the NHS to manage budget down if no decrease in demand.
Councils could face a further diversion of money from other services in to the struggling social care system.An efficiency review launched by the Treasury has ordered Whitehall departments to model the impact of savings of 3-6% in their spending, But in the case of local government, the Treasury said it “recognises the important role that social care spending plays and so efficiencies found within local government will be used to help meet existing pressures”. Money was in December switched out of the new homes bonus to shore up social care