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First £1bn in social care funding 'available right now'

The first £1bn in extra funding for social care in England will be available "right now", ITV News Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall has said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond's big announcement in Wednesday's Spring Budget was an additional £2bn over three years to help ease the pressure on social care.

The money, with £1 billion promised in 2017/18, follows intense pressure from MPs and councils, but falls short of the levels of funding demanded by some campaigners.

Penny Marshall said: "I've been able to establish that the £1bn is available right now, so for those struggling councils they will be able to commission care packages.

"It's going to hold them over until the better care fund comes into place, so there is some light, temporary light, at the end of the tunnel."

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Corbyn blasts 'Budget of utter complacency'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Chancellor of producing a "Budget of utter complacency" which ignored the state of the economy, public services and the lives of miillions of people.

Mr Corbyn said Philip Hammond had showed "utter complacency about the crisis facing our public services and (was) complacent about the reality of daily life for millions of people in this country."

He told MPs that Mr Hammond was "entirely out of touch with that reality of life for millions".

"This morning, over one million workers will have woken up not knowing whether they'll be working today, tomorrow or next week," he said.

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Analysis: Social care given £2 billion boost

Simon Wagman is a partner at Blick Rothenberg, an accounting, tax, and advisory practice.

Simon said: "The Chancellor has announced an additional £2 billion to social care in England over the next three years to allow local authorities to plan now to provide security and dignity for all in their old age.

"Hammond has identified a significant burden on the NHS, with the elderly occupying hospital beds and the need to provide greater security for the older people in our communities.

"This further commitment provides funding for local authorities which should create capacity, freeing up space in hospitals.

"Further plans and talks of a strategic approach for how to deal with the ageing population should further assist in this area."

Analysis: New funding for free schools

Simon Wagman is a partner at Blick Rothenberg, an accounting, tax, and advisory practice.

Simon said: "The Chancellor's announcement of funding for 110 new free schools on top of the current commitment to 500 free schools is a further indication of planning for a younger generation's future.

"As part of the government's commitment for growth and increasing employment for all, Hammond has announced a significant commitment to further increasing the number of free schools for ensuring all children have relevant schooling and education for their own needs.

"This, coupled with apprenticeships and 'T-Levels' will ensure all young people entering the workforce will be suitably skilled and with suitable experience to benefit future employers."

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