Cancer Research UK funding tops half a billion pounds

Cancer Research UK raised £540m in fundraising income in the last financial year, an increase of 2 per cent over the previous year, in one of its most successful fundraising years so far.

This increase was in part thanks to more money raised from legacy donations, Race for Life and Stand Up To Cancer, which all raised more than the previous year.  And an additional £2m was raised via Facebook charitable giving, an innovative new fundraising platform that launched towards the end of the year.

Total income for the year was £672m, an increase of 6% on the previous year, which includes fundraising income as well as £125m income from charitable activities – the largest amount ever received, which will be reinvested in research.

Key achievements outlined in Cancer Research UK’s annual report and accounts,  include:

  • Securing a strong commitment to early cancer diagnosis in the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • Three new international Grand Challenge teams awarded £20m each over the next five years, to solve long-standing mysteries in cancer research
  • Launching the Cancer Research UK City of London Centre, a £14m investment to create a world-leading cancer therapeutics research hub.
  • Launching a new Brain Tumour Award funding scheme, to accelerate progress in research on brain tumours.

Full press release at Cancer Research UK

Social Care Funding

Social Care Funding: Time To End A National Scandal | Economic Affairs Committee

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This report finds that publicly funded social care support is shrinking, as diminishing budgets have forced local authorities to limit the numbers of people who receive public funding. Funding is £700 million lower than 2010/11 in real terms, despite continuing increases in the numbers of people who need care.

The report recommends that the Government immediately spends £8 billion to restore social care to acceptable standards and then introduces free personal care over a period of five years.

Key conclusions and recommendations

  • The Government must increase funding by £8 billion to restore levels of quality and access to those observed in 2009/10. This should be its top priority.
  • The Government should introduce a basic entitlement to publicly funded personal care for individuals with substantial and critical levels of need. Accommodation costs and the costs of other help and support should still be incurred by the individual. The Health Foundation and the King’s Fund estimate this would cost £7 billion if introduced in 2020/21.
  • To avoid catastrophic accommodation costs, the Government should also explore a cap on accommodation costs.
  • The Government should adopt a staged approach to providing the additional funding recommended by this report. It should immediately invest £8 billion in adult social care, then introduce free personal care over the next five years. Free personal care should be available universally by 2025/26.
  • Additional funding should be provided as a government grant, distributed directly to local authorities according to an appropriate national funding formula which takes into account differences between local authorities in demand for care and ability to raise funds from local taxation.
  • Funding social care should be approached in the same way as any other funding pressure. We recommend that social care is funded largely from general taxation.

Full report: Social care funding: time to end a national scandal

See also: Act now on social care crisis, Lords report tells Government

Investing in The NHS long-term plan

The Health Foundation | June 2019 | Investing in The NHS long-term plan

In a new briefing The Health Foundation analyses the challenges for health and social care following the publication of  the NHS long term plan, and looks at the implications of  the plan for activity levels and the workforce in the NHS in England  (Source: The Health Foundation).

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Health charities call for £1 billion a year to reverse cuts to public health funding

Two leading health charities say that the government must make a clear and urgent commitment to restoring £1 billion of real-terms per head cuts to the public health grant which enables local authorities to deliver vital preventive services that protect and improve health.money-2724241_1920

The Health Foundation and The King’s Fund say that government cannot continue to put off decisions on public health funding and must signal its intention to restoring cuts and ensuring there are no further reductions in funding.

The two organisations say that cuts to the public health grant made since 2015/16 are having a major impact on local services – such as sexual health clinics, stop smoking support and children’s health visitors – which play a key role in improving and maintaining the population’s health. They also argue that cuts to the grant undermine the ability of Directors of Public Health to influence wider public services that affect people’s health – including housing and transport. They say that failing to act now would be a false economy, placing further pressure on the NHS and wider public services.

Analysis by the Health Foundation shows that the grant, which currently amounts to £3.1 billion a year, is now £850 million lower in real terms than initial allocations in 2015/16.

Full article at The Kings Fund

See also: Invest in public health now, or store up problems for the future | The Health Foundation

£5 million fund to develop support for unpaid carers

The Carers Innovation Fund will invest in new projects to improve carers’ wellbeing | Department of Health and Social Care

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The £5 million Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services. The funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities.

The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next 2 years. Initially the fund was worth half a million pounds. However, funding was later increased to £5 million.

Examples of the kind of projects the fund would invest in include:

  • technology platforms – for example, to help carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • support groups – like carers’ cafes and Men’s Sheds, which develop peer support groups and offer short courses to help reduce isolation

Projects will be expected to show a positive effect on:

  • carers’ health and wellbeing
  • carers’ ability to manage work alongside caring responsibilities
  • carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role
  • reducing loneliness and social isolation

Full story at Department of Health and Social Care

Improving the health of rough sleepers

Adults who are sleeping rough and living with mental illness or substance misuse will benefit from £1.9 million funding to improve their access to vital healthcare | Department of Health and Social Care

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The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that £1.9 million will be given to councils by Public Health England to help improve the health of rough sleepers.

The funding will be awarded to projects that improve access to health services and continuity of care for people with mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are sleeping rough or at risk of returning to rough sleeping.

This could include:

  • ‘in-reach’ care models where specialist substance misuse or mental health workers run sessions in hostels or day centres
  • ‘outreach’ models where specialist workers support rough sleepers at street level
  • targeted interventions such as peer health advocacy that supports individuals to access and attend health appointments

Many people who are sleeping rough experience mental and physical illness and have substance misuse needs. Rough sleepers face more barriers accessing health services, particularly those living with mental illness or substance misuse. This can contribute to a ‘revolving door’, leaving individuals repeatedly in and out of stable accommodation.

Of the people seen sleeping rough in London in 2017 and 2018:

  • 50% had mental health needs
  • 43% had alcohol misuse problems
  • 40% drug misuse problems

Full story: Funding released to help rough sleepers living with mental illness

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Spare change: the public and NHS funding

Is the NHS adequately funded, and how should funding be raised? Harry Evans explores the findings of the British Social Attitudes survey on public attitudes towards NHS funding and taxation | The Kings Fund

This article examines the following questions:

  • Has concern about NHS funding fallen?
  • Have attitudes towards NHS taxes changed?
  • What are the public’s views about alternative funding measures?
  • Are people more positive or more optimistic?

Full article at The Kings Fund

Related: Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2018: Results from the British Social Attitudes survey