Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines aimed at improving the wellbeing of unpaid adult carers.
“Our care system could not survive without the contribution of unpaid carers who provide vital support for thousands of people every day. Councils fully recognise the vital role of unpaid carers and supported or assessed more than 360,000 unpaid carers in 2017/18, and will carefully consider these guidelines and recommendations.
“The new Prime Minister and his government needs to use the forthcoming Spending Review to plug the £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care by 2025 so that councils can provide adequate support for all unpaid carers and fulfil the ambition and intent of the Care Act to ensure caring doesn’t impact on a carers’ health and wellbeing.”
Notes to editors
- Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign calls on the new Prime Minister to ensure the forthcoming Spending Review secures the future of vital local services and the long-term financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information.