LGA responds to APPG on social care report

“Social care work should be seen as valuable and rewarding in its own right and achieving parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforces is important."


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Responding to an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care report calling for urgent and fundamental reform of the social care sector, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Developing a fully-fledged professional social care workforce is something which councils encourage and this must be recognised as a major long-term project.

“Social care work should be seen as valuable and rewarding in its own right and achieving parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforces is important.

“Significantly greater investment in social care workforce development is also needed and the Spending Round is an opportunity to provide financial certainty to councils in their role as commissioners, working in partnership with providers.

“Councils also need urgent confirmation that all current funding streams, including one-off funding, will continue into next year to help meet the more than £1 billion of the £2.6 billion of inflationary and demand pressures on councils which relates to social care, in addition to existing pressures.”