LGA responds to Age UK research on the impact of a lack of social care during the pandemic

"Councils have been doing all they can to support carers and those they care for during the crisis. Carers, both paid and unpaid, have done a phenomenal job in very challenging circumstances to keep people of all ages safe and well, with their dedication and commitment rightly acknowledged by the public and politicians alike."


Elderly man at his front door

Responding to new Age UK research on the impact of a lack of social care on older and disabled people and their unpaid carers during the pandemic , Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic, with every part of the care and support system experiencing intense pressure over the past year.

“Councils have been doing all they can to support carers and those they care for during the crisis. Carers, both paid and unpaid, have done a phenomenal job in very challenging circumstances to keep people of all ages safe and well, with their dedication and commitment rightly acknowledged by the public and politicians alike.

“Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS and extending emergency funding beyond the end of this month would prevent any immediate impact on people’s care and health support.

“We also need a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care, to let people live the lives they want to lead. The Government should urgently bring forward its proposals as soon as possible.”