LGA responds to King's Fund report on adult social care

“These findings confirm that the current system of adult social care is at breaking point, with people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding."


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Responding to a report by the King’s Fund warning that the adult social care system is being left at crisis point as a result of rising demand, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“These findings confirm that the current system of adult social care is at breaking point, with people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding.

“Councils have been doing all they can to protect levels of spending on adult social care but the money is simply not there to keep up with demand, with adult social care facing a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025 just to maintain existing levels of provision.

“This is why it is absolutely vital the Government sets out how it plans to tackle this crisis without further delay in the social care green paper and addresses the funding shortfall in the forthcoming Spending Review.”


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