This is incredibly important, and final nail in the coffin of Supporting People (SP).
SP or funding for support is discretionary spend for councils whereas care is (mostly) mandatory spend. Ever since the ringfence was removed this fact has become much more the reality and all too powerful. Councils who are already struggling to pay care costs and many have significant care budget deficits have been increassingly raiding the SP moneys to pay for care.
Now that care is set to cost £16bn more per year the scale of the raid on the £1.6bn per year SP budgets - a mere tenth of just the care cost increase - is obvious for all to see.
Support providers will go to the wall. Many vital services in homelessness, domestic violence and others will close and service provision will fall significantly at a time when the need for temporary housing for those who are homeless and fleeing violence is rising rapidly.
The care sector may be facing an 'uncertain' future as the article says, the support sectors future is however certain it is in freefall