LGA responds to social care funding reports

“People’s lives are improved for the better by councils, with every pound invested by government in council-run services such as social care relieving pressure on other essential services like the NHS."


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Responding to separate reports by CCN and ADASS respectively, warning of the risk to social care funding ahead of the Spending Round next week, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“People’s lives are improved for the better by councils, with every pound invested by government in council-run services such as social care relieving pressure on other essential services like the NHS.

“However, councils need financial certainty in next week’s Spending Round and urgent confirmation that all current funding streams - including the Better Care Fund - will continue into next year, so that they can continue to plan for the future and make the right decisions for their residents.

“They also need additional funding to meet inflationary and demand pressures next year amounting to £2.6 billion, more than £1 billion of which relates to adult social care. This is in addition to existing pressures.

“These reports are another important reminder that councils can contribute so much more if they are properly and sustainably funded for the future, including a long-term sustainable settlement for adult social care.”