Budget 2020 Key Points Continued – Health

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

Coronavirus

  • COVID-19 response fund initially set at £5 billion to ensure the NHS and other public services receive the funding needed to respond to the outbreak as the situation develops.
  • £30 million of new funding to enable further rapid research into the disease.
  • Additional £10 million to increase the capacity and capability of diagnostic testing and surveillance facilitated by Public Health England.
  • Support for individuals – extending Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for those advised to self-isolate and those caring for others who self-isolate; temporary alternative to a fit note obtained via NHS 111; £500m hardship fund for Local Authorities to support vulnerable people.
  • Support for businesses – refunding eligible SSP costs for SMEs for up to two weeks; expanded Business Rates reliefs; a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support up to a further £1bn lending to SMEs; a dedicated helpline for those who need a deferral period on tax liabilities.

Further information on support for those affected by COVID-19 are here:

NHS

  • Over £6 billion of new funding over this Parliament.
  • A significant funding package to improve the recruitment, training and retention of nurses, GPs and primary care professionals.
  • As announced in Health Infrastructure Plan, over £100 million in 2020-21 to make progress on 40 new hospital projects and an increase in DHSC’s capital budget of £683 million in 2020-21.
  • Further to the Spending Round 2019 announcement of £1 billion of additional funding for social care next year, the Budget confirms that this additional funding will continue for every year of the current Parliament.

Procurement and Comprehensive Spending Review

  • £2 million in 2020-21 to carry out targeted contract reviews of existing PFI contracts.
  • Launch of Comprehensive Spending Review, to conclude in July 2020. The CSR will prioritise:
    • levelling up economic opportunity across all nations and regions of the country by investing in infrastructure, innovation and people, to drive productivity and spread opportunity
    • improving outcomes in public services, including supporting the NHS
    • strengthening the UK’s place in the world
    • reducing carbon emissions and improving the natural environment
  • The CSR will set out plans to improve the use of data, science and technology across the public sector, and to ensure all programmes are supported by robust implementation and evaluation plans.
  • At the CSR, the government will establish a new approach to link departments’ spending proposals to outcomes as part of a new Public Value Framework (PVF), and will assess the state of evaluation across all departmental spending programmes.

 

Full Budget documents can be found here:

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