LGA responds to LUHC committee report on long-term funding for adult social care

"Social care has been facing an uphill battle for some time in terms of sustainable funding, the sector urgently needs financial support and we are pleased that LGA evidence and recommendations has influenced this report."


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Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board said: “Social care has been facing an uphill battle for some time in terms of sustainable funding, the sector urgently needs financial support and we are pleased that LGA evidence and recommendations has influenced this report.

“To meet current unmet and under-met need within social care funding is urgently needed. Evidence from across the sector shows the current crisis in workforce capacity, waiting times and strained council budgets. The LGA has also been concerned with the impact of the upcoming charging reforms on councils and care providers, and strongly agree that the recommendations of £7 billion of further funding for social care and a re-evaluation and regular monitoring of the impact of charging reforms as well top-up funding are both much needed.

“Developing a strategy for the social care workforce, with a requirement of working towards parity with the NHS is something the LGA has long-campaigned for and could be transformative for social care, in both changing perceptions of the critical role of care work and increasing capacity in the workforce. Reducing the reliance on council tax to fund adult social care and publishing a new burdens assessment by the end of the year to determine the level of resource needed by local government deliver the full package of adult social care reforms would also be a positive step for the sector.”