“This significant report echoes many of our own calls for adult social care to be given a long-term, sustainable funding settlement for the benefit of the millions of people who use and work in these services."
Responding to a House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on adult social care funding, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“This significant report echoes many of our own calls for adult social care to be given a long-term, sustainable funding settlement for the benefit of the millions of people who use and work in these services.
“Adult social care faces 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 10-week 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.”
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 - www.local.gov.uk/spending-review-2019
- One year on: the LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing