The provisional 2017/18 local government finance settlement: confirming the offer to councils
1. No new money from central government has been included in the settlement. Councils, the NHS, charities and care providers have been clear about the need for an urgent injection of genuinely new additional Government funding to protect care services for elderly and disabled people. Given this unified call for action, it is hugely disappointing that the Government has failed to find any new money to tackle the growing crisis in social care.
2. By bringing forward council tax raising powers, the Government has recognised the LGA's call for the urgent need to help councils tackle some of the immediate social care pressures they face. The additional flexibility in the social care precept has created more flexibility, however, as the total allowable precept increase over the remaining years of the Spending Review remains the same, this flexibility does not address the £2.6 billion funding gap facing social care by the end of the decade.
3. Increasing the precept raises different amounts of money for social care in different parts of the country unrelated to need and will add an extra financial burden on already struggling households.
13 January 2017