LGA responds to Age UK report on social care

“The Spending Round next week is an opportunity for the Government to invest in council-run services such as social care, to improve people’s lives for the better and save much more further down the line."


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Responding to a report by Age UK calling for extra funding for social care in next week’s Spending Round, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Adult social care helps people stay in their own homes and communities, while relieving pressure on other essential services such as the NHS.

“The Spending Round next week is an opportunity for the Government to invest in council-run services such as social care, to improve people’s lives for the better and save much more further down the line.

“Councils could do even more for their residents if they are properly funded and need urgent confirmation that all current funding streams - including the Better Care Fund - will continue into next year.

“More than £1 billion of the £2.6 billion of inflationary and demand pressures on councils next year relates to social care. This is in addition to existing pressures.

“What we also need is a long-term, sustainable funding settlement for adult social care so that all those who use and work in this vital service can get the support and certainty they need.”