Following the delay to the Government’s adult social care green paper, the LGA has launched its own nationwide consultation to kick-start a desperately needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.
The LGA estimates that adult social care services face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards, while latest figures show that councils in England receive 1.8 million new requests for adult social care a year – the equivalent of nearly 5,000 a day.
Increased spending on adult social care – which now accounts for nearly 40 per cent of total council budgets – is threatening the future of other vital council services, such as parks, leisure centres and libraries, which help to keep people well and from needing care and support and hospital treatment.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Deputy Chairman of the LGA, said: “Councils, care workers, health professionals and now even MPs and Peers agree that social care funding to councils must be increased.
“Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.
“The Government cannot duck this issue any longer. It must make genuinely new resources available urgently to plug the short-term funding gap of £3.5 billion, as well as set out its plans to secure the longer-term future.
“The LGA’s green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults, and how best to support their wellbeing, and we encourage as many people and organisations – including MPs and Peers – to have their say on how we pay for it and the responsibilities of citizens, families and communities.”