Queen's Speech: LGA responds to social care announcement

“Councils are committed to ensuring adults of all ages have access to high quality care and support who need it, but rising costs and demand pressures mean incredibly difficult decisions are having to be made about this vital service."


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Responding to the announcement on adult social care in today’s Queen’s Speech, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Today’s Queen’s Speech announcement that the Government will finally bring forward proposals to reform adult social care is something which the LGA has long been campaigning for, but we look forward to seeing the details.

“Councils are committed to ensuring adults of all ages have access to high quality care and support who need it, but rising costs and demand pressures mean incredibly difficult decisions are having to be made about this vital service.

“This is one of the major issues facing society and councils have played their part in keeping the debate on the public agenda. While extra funding for social care next year is helpful, what we need is action and certainty to secure care and support for the long-term, for all those who use and work in social care.

“The Government’s proposals on the future of adult social care need to be substantive and must be brought forward as soon as possible. We know what the issues are, now is the time for answers.”

Notes to editors

The LGA’s Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP), part of our sector-led improvement offer for councils, provides advice and tools to local authorities about how best to manage their resources and make the biggest impact on communities. This includes providing support for social care, integration and health as well as supporting the Transforming Care programme for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.