“We cannot duck this issue as a society any longer. What we need is answers and certainty, now and for the future."
Responding to the Salvation Army’s report on adult social care, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“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. What we need is answers and certainty, now and for the future. The new Prime Minister should publish the much-delayed government green paper before the party conferences start and use the upcoming Spending Review to provide both an immediate and long-term sustainable funding solution, which people who use and work in adult social care urgently need.”
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.