"The findings in this report highlight the human consequences of our historically underfunded adult social care system."
Responding to an Age UK report on how over the last year half of all older people’s requests for care were unsuccessful, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“The findings in this report highlight the human consequences of our historically underfunded adult social care system.
“People of all ages should be able to live the lives they want to lead and councils are committed to doing all they can to make this happen. There are different ways of meeting people’s needs but the serious funding and demand pressures facing adult social care, combined with councils’ legal duty to balance their budgets, inevitably means that difficult decisions have to be made.
“A thriving voluntary and community sector is also essential in helping to support people whose needs do not meet the eligibility threshold, but again this needs ongoing funding so that councils can build local capacity.
“This year’s Budget and Spending Review are important opportunities to address the crucial issue of funding vital adult social care services and lay the foundations for finding a longer-term, cross-party solution to adult social care, which the Government has committed to achieving and which we at the LGA are happy to play our part in.”