Hertfordshire County Council welcomes budget funding to tackle local issues

Published: 31 Oct 2018

In Monday’s budget the Chancellor announced extra funding to support councils to deliver services for their residents.

£650m was announced for social care. Cllr David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council said, “We are pleased to see an additional £650m in the budget for social care next year and for the Chancellor’s recognition that children and adult social care services are stretched. But this is not just about money. The government needs to address a number of issues in its Green Paper on Adult Social Care, due to be published later this year, including the integration of services between local authorities and the NHS, valuing our social care workforce better and the sustainable funding of social care beyond next year. A bold, viable reform programme is needed which mirrors the 10 year plan being developed for the NHS.”

Hertfordshire County Council was also praised for its successful children’s service. Cllr Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said, “I am really proud of our children’s service which has been highlighted by the Treasury for its innovative services. It’s fantastic for the team to be recognised and we look forward to working with other local authorities to assist with their innovation programmes - helping even more children to stay at home safely with their families.”

The Treasury will allocate £420m to local authorities in 2018-19 to fix potholes on roads. Cllr Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said, “We welcome the announcement of an additional £420m to spend on repairing potholes after the particularly harsh winter. Any additional funding support will bolster our programme to resurface local roads in Hertfordshire and we look forward to seeing the detail behind the announcement. Since January we have filled over 20,000 potholes this year.”

“Hertfordshire County Council recognises that more money needs to be spent on roads and has increased its highways budget with over £40m being spent on over 1,000 road improvement schemes across Hertfordshire’s 3,000 miles of road.”