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LGA responds to extra £546m infection control social care funding

“We are pleased the Government has accepted the calls from councils and care providers for this funding to be extended, as we head into the winter period and face the possibility of a potential second wave of infections."

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LGA responds to Ombudsman annual review of adult social care complaints

“Any future reforms of adult social care must apply the lessons learned from coronavirus, as well as address the issues of fairness in how we pay for these vital services. These include people who fund their own care."

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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on social care

"The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the incredibly valuable role of social care in its own right and why it is more important than ever before that we find a long-term and sustainable funding solution, so that people of all ages can live the life they want to lead."

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on need for more support for carers

“We know that caring can place a real strain on carers – emotionally, physically and financially, especially during this pandemic, which is why councils are committed to doing all they can to support them."

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LGA responds to PAC report on social care during coronavirus

“Social care has been on the frontline throughout this crisis but this report’s conclusions show that those who use, work and volunteer in these vital services were not given as much priority as the NHS from the outset."

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One year on from PM's pledge: social care needs a reset

We need a radical rethink of what we want social care to be and how we can help achieve it.

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LGA responds to Age UK report on self-funders paying for care

“People of all ages should be able to live the lives they want to lead and councils are doing all they can to protect social care services, despite the impact of the pandemic exacerbating the serious long-term funding and demand pressures facing adult social care."

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LGA statement on NHS funding to prepare for second COVID-19 wave

“If this awful pandemic has proved one thing it is that there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system. You cannot protect one and not the other."

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LGA responds to immigration points-based system statement

'As a country we face significant skills challenges, with one of the most serious being in our social care system. We need to do what we can to ensure the social care workforce can be maintained.'

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LGA responds to latest ONS figures on coronavirus deaths

"Staff working in care homes and those providing care in people’s own homes have done an incredible job, in extremely challenging circumstances, to protect those they care for throughout this crisis."