“More people are caring for a loved one than ever before and without unpaid carers, the social care system simply wouldn’t be able to cope."
Responding to a report by Carers UK about how more than half of unpaid carers are unable to save for their own retirement, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“More people are caring for a loved one than ever before and without unpaid carers, the social care system simply wouldn’t be able to cope.
“Unpaid caring can be extremely rewarding but we know it can also be a real strain – emotionally, physically and financially. That’s why councils are committed to doing all they can to support carers, but significantly reduced funding is making this increasingly difficult.
“Councils in England receive 1.8 million new requests for adult social care a year – the equivalent of nearly 5,000 a day - and there is a £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care and support.
“We cannot duck this issue as a society any longer. The Government needs to commit to meeting our deadline, before the party conferences start, to finally publish its long-awaited green paper outlining what the future funding options and possible solutions to this crisis are.
“The upcoming Spending Review and much-delayed government green paper needs to provide the long-term sustainable funding solution which adult social care, including unpaid carers, 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.
#CouncilsCan: Spending Review 2019
With the right funding and powers, councils can continue to lead local areas, improve residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer. Securing the financial sustainability of local services must be the top priority for the Spending Review.