A pledge by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to invest in supporting economic growth in English regions has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council.
However, Philip Atkins said the omission of any announcement on funding for social care, also left counties like Staffordshire facing continued significant pressure to fund and support a growing ageing population.
“Staffordshire has a record of delivering projects that pave the way for employment and housing and has already benefited from the Local Growth Fund for developments such as the Stafford Western Access Route, Liberty Park in Lichfield, the Enterprise Quarter in Tamworth and Four Ashes in South Staffordshire and I certainly welcome the allocation of £1.8 billion of funding into the regions.
“However, while this is welcome news many will be both disappointed and concerned that there was no reference to the funding for social care, which is one of the biggest pressures facing not just the county, but the country.
“Together with other county councils we will continue to work with Government to press for a long-term solution to fund and safeguard social care for the most vulnerable in our county.”