Four fifths of MPs back increased funding on adult social care

LGA commissioned survey reveals support for increased funding for adult social care

Published on 3rd September 2018

Adult social care funding needs to be increased, according to more than four fifths of MPs, a survey has revealed.

The poll carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Local Government Association shows that 84 per cent of MPs and 76 per cent of peers agree that funding for adult social care should increase.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, 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," she added.

After the government delayed the publication of its 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.

Spending on adult social care now accounts for almost 40 per cent of local authority total expenditure. Increased spending on adult social care is threatening other council services such as leisure centres and libraries which help to keep people well and from needing care and support and hospital treatment.

The LGA estimates that adult social care services face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of care, 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.

After the poll revealed far reaching cross-party support for additional funding for adult social care, the LGA is urging the government to act now before it is too late.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board added: “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."

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