LGA responds to call for cross-party agreement on social care funding

Responding to the Chairs of three House of Commons Select Committees urging the Prime Minister to reach a cross-party agreement on the future of health and social care funding, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:

"We completely support the select committees in urging the Prime Minister to reach a cross-party agreement on the future of health and social care funding.

"Following last month's Local Government Finance Settlement, we said there needed to be an urgent and fundamental review of social care before the spring Budget, and we are pleased the select committees back this.

"But it is absolutely vital that local government leaders, who are responsible for social care in their local community, are part of that review.

"This is imperative to get a long-term, sustainable solution to the social care crisis that the most vulnerable people in our society deserve."

Notes to editors

The LGA estimates there is a £2.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care. This includes £1.3 billion needed now to stabilise the provider market, and a further £1.3 billion by 2020 to deal with the additional pressures brought about by an ageing population, inflation, and the cost of paying the National Living Wage.

6 January 2017

David Mills
Senior Media Relations Officer
Local Government Association
Phone: 020 7664 3200
Email: david.mills@local.gov.uk