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Over recent years, councils have protected adult social care relative to other services. But the scale of the overall funding picture for local government as a whole means adult social care services still face a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care.
“These findings are further evidence of the funding pressures schools and councils are under, including support for children with special needs, which faces a shortfall of £472 million this year alone."
The Government is spending 52 times more on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network.
Cllr Martin Tett, Housing spokesman for the LGA, responds to a report by Shelter calling for government to invest in a 20-year housebuilding programme and extend the social housing eligibility criteria.
Councils are tackling persistent problems as part of their public health responsibilities, including helping to prevent those with alcohol and tobacco dependency ending up in hospital and placing an extra burden on our already-strained NHS.