“This helpful report reinforces our calls for a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care"
Responding to the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on social care funding and the workforce, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“This helpful report reinforces our calls for a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care, as well as funding to deal with immediate pressures facing the system that existed before coronavirus and which have been exacerbated by it.
“Significant investment is urgently needed now just to meet existing needs and keep services going, as this report highlights, as well as consider how to make the system fairer including how we pay for it.
“We need cross-party agreement on the future of adult social care which addresses all these issues, such as on unmet need and care staff pay.
“The upcoming Spending Review must provide councils with the extra funding they need to help shore up social care ahead of winter and get through the second wave of COVID-19, deal with the existing challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, while also using this funding for a ‘down-payment on reform’ to place social care on a long-term, sustainable footing.”