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Duane Farrell, Age NI Charity Director, commented, The Chancellor, in his budget announcement today, recognises the need to ensure that the provision of social care is sustainable in the short term with additional funds made available, as well as the long term, through a proposed Green Paper.’

Duane Farrell

‘Age NI believes that investing in quality social care and ensuring that it sustainable now and in the longer term are also key challenges for decision makers in Northern Ireland. In an ageing society, we must ensure that older people are supported to stay well in their own home and remain as independent as possible, connected to their family, neighbours and community. In order to achieve this, we need a social care system that is person-centred, sustainable, fair and accessible. This means making a commitment to fundamentally reform our social care system by taking forward the work of the Expert Advisory Panel as an urgent priority.’

‘Age NI is today calling on politicians and civil servants to ensure that any additional funding allocated to Northern Ireland as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement of additional funding for social care in England is ring-fenced for social care here. Social care services act as a lynchpin, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and lengthy stays in hospitals, addressing the pressures that are so evident in our health services.’

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