Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced the Spring Budget.
Mr Hammond spoke very highly of Social care, stating that he "paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of carers" currently working in the system. Although Nursing wasn't specifically mentioned, an extra £2 billion of funding was declared for Social Care services in England over the next three years, with £1 billion made available in 2017-18.
He also declared another £100 million for triage systems in emergency departments, with the aim to release pressure and help manage the "inappropriate A+E attendances".
In a bid that received a somewhat mixed reception, self-employed Nurses are now to pay National Insurance (NI) contributions from April 2018. As both sets of workers can claim similar benefits, Mr Hammond believes the age gap in NI can no longer be justified.
Despite this announcement meaning an additional £145 million, he did receive criticism for not discussing a raise in pay for Nurses. It has recently been discussed that a more attractive salary would help retain vital Nurses and attract people to the profession. Jeremy Corbyn MP stated that "Mr Hammond had a duty to end the pay cap and award a pay rise to the 5 million public servants whom we rely on day in day out".
There were also substantial changes for working families, as the free childcare entitlement is also set to double to 30 hours per week.
The Budget at a Glance
Tax and NI