A £300 million fund to help recruit and reward social care workers, alongside extra support for the vaccination booster programme to protect the vulnerable and those providing care, was announced before Christmas as part of a new winter support package for the care sector.
The LGA’s chairman and chief executive are among the local government recipients of New Year Honours.
Councils are warning of a growing crisis in the private rented housing sector, with a sharp rise in landlords selling up or converting their properties into Airbnbs.
Children’s and adult social care services could fail to support everyone they need to, despite making up nearly two-thirds of councils’ total spending, because of rising demand, increasing costs and inadequate funding.
Nearly 700,000 new ‘green’ jobs could be created by 2030 if councils are given a greater role in local job creation, the LGA has said.