"With adult social care facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, councils are having to make incredibly difficult decisions within tightening budgets and cannot be expected to continue relying on one-off funding injections to keep services going."
Responding to new analysis by the Alzheimer’s Society on how much people with dementia have had to pay for their care since the social care green paper was first announced in March 2017, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said:
"Councils are committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of people with dementia and their families, to ensure their care is personalised and fits around the way they want to live their lives.
“However, with adult social care facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, councils are having to make incredibly difficult decisions within tightening budgets and cannot be expected to continue relying on one-off funding injections to keep services going. What we need is certainty for both the immediate and long-term.
“That is why the Government needs to commit to meeting our deadline, before the party conferences start, to finally publish its much-delayed and long-awaited green paper outlining what the future funding options and possible solutions to this crisis are.
“Local government stands ready to host cross-party talks to kick-start this process and make sure we get the answers and certainty we need, so that people can continue to receive essential care and support.
“The upcoming Spending Review and much-delayed government green paper needs to provide the long-term sustainable funding solution which adult social care, including those with dementia, urgently needs.”
Notes to editors
- Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information.