LGA responds to NHS confederation poll on adult social care spending

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a poll commissioned by NHS Confederation which found that 82 per cent of people support a spending increase for adult social care.


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Responding to a poll commissioned by NHS Confederation which found that 82 per cent of people support a spending increase for adult social care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“These findings show that the public very much gets the need to invest genuinely new money into the services that provide invaluable support for older and disabled people.

“This will require big, brave and bold decision-making if we are to tackle the crisis in adult social care, which needs cross-party consensus if we are to succeed.

“The case has been well and truly made that the system is in desperate need of both an immediate injection of money and long-term sustainable funding that secures care and support for older and disabled people now and in future generations.

“The funding gap facing adult social care is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020. The Government must act urgently to put adult social care on a stable footing for the here and now, and address the long-term sustainability of care and support through its Green Paper. Only this way can we future-proof adult social care.”