LGA responds to Age UK report on an increase in older people’s social care need due to the pandemic

“We need to see the Queen’s Speech finally set out the plans we have been waiting for and make good on the Prime Minister’s promise to ‘fix social care’, once and for all.”


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Responding to new Age UK analysis which shows the pandemic has significantly increased older people’s need for social care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic and councils have been doing all they can to support older people, despite the care and support system experiencing intense pressures over the past year.

“Carers, both paid and unpaid, have done a phenomenal job in very challenging circumstances to keep people of all ages safe and well. There were already rising levels of unmet and under-met need in social care prior to coronavirus, which have been exacerbated further.

“We need to see the Queen’s Speech finally set out the plans we have been waiting for and make good on the Prime Minister’s promise to ‘fix social care’, once and for all.”