Pledge to seek consensus on social care

The LGA has backed a pledge by the Government to seek cross-party consensus on long-term reform of social care.

In the Queen’s Speech, ministers said they would “ensure the social care system provides everyone with the dignity and security they deserve, and that no-one who needs care has to sell their home to pay for it”.

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said: “We have long called for a cross-party consensus on how we tackle the adult social care crisis and are pleased the new Government has committed to achieving this.

“While much of the immediate business for the Government will be around Brexit, it should not delay in delivering a long-term funding solution that secures the future of adult social care, alongside reform of children’s social care.”

The LGA called on the Government to build on previous work to transfer power to local communities and “deliver on its pledge to move away from ‘Whitehall knows best’”.

Cllr Jamieson added: “Handing widespread powers to local areas and making sure they are adequately funded is essential if all parts of England are to improve vital services, such as housing, transport, and health and social care.

“We look forward to working with government as a vital partner to help deliver its commitment to levelling up powers and investment in local areas across all parts of the country.”

Other announcements in the Queen’s Speech included: a £7.1 billion increase in schools budgets by 2022/23 and an additional £780 million for council high needs budgets to support children with special educational needs and disabilities for 2020/21; a fundamental review of business rates; and legislation to bring forward the next business rates revaluation from 2022 to 2021 and to move business rates revaluations from a five-yearly to three-yearly cycle.

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