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Supporting carers at Christmas

Christmas is a time for caring and sharing, and unpaid carers across the country will be continuing to provide care for their loved ones throughout the festive season. Unpaid carers are the backbone of our care system.

Response to latest delayed transfers of care figures

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.

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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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NHS winter crisis should prompt government to fully fund social care, warn councils

“Extra funding for social care can empower councils to prioritise prevention work which is key to reducing the pressures on the health service and keeping people out of hospital in the first place. This will help alleviate the chances of winter crises happening in the future."

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NHS Digital carers survey - LGA response

“The findings of this report and the link between financial problems caused by caring, and social isolation, highlight the need for government to set out how it will address the needs of carers in its long-awaited Carers Strategy."

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More than four fifths of MPs believe adult social care funding needs to be increased

The overwhelming majority of MPs and peers agree that additional funding should go to councils’ adult social care budgets to tackle the funding crisis facing services caring for older and disabled people, a new poll published today shows.

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More of the same is not an option for health and adult social care

‘Shifting the Centre of Gravity: Making place-based, person-centred health and care a reality’ is being launched today by the Local Government Association, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Association of Directors of Public Health, the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers.

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Majority of people unprepared for adult social care costs

Only 15 per cent of adults say they are making plans for how they will pay for care they might need in the future.

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Loneliness initiatives cutting emergency hospital admissions by 20 per cent

Extra funding would help councils build on the effective prevention work to tackle loneliness which has saved millions of pounds and cut emergency hospital stays.

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LGA: social care providers face more than £6bn in extra COVID-19 costs

Providers of adult social care services may face more than £6.6 billion in extra costs due to the coronavirus crisis by the end of September this year, stark new analysis commissioned by councils and social care directors reveals.