Housing and communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced he will provide an additional £150m for adult social care services in 2018-19.

The money is to be “taken from anticipated underspend in existing departmental budgets, and will not affect existing revenue commitments made ‎to local government”, said Mr Javid.

In his written ministerial statement on the final local government finance settlement today, Mr Javid added: “This will be allocated according to relative needs and we will expect to see councils use it to build on their progress so far in supporting sustainable local care markets.”

The extra funding comes after backbench MPs piled pressure on the government to provide more funding for rural areas. Northamptonshire County Council has imposed severe restrictions on its spending in recent days due to budget pressure.

Social care spending has seen substantial real terms reductions in recent years.