|Like ‘Bind Weed’ this issue keeps coming back and only a ‘Root & Branch’ approach will address it|
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Panorama ‘Crisis in Care’ programme.
“This powerful and emotive programme shines an important light on an adult social care system which is at breaking point. Years of significant underfunding of councils, coupled with rising demand and costs, mean adult social care services face a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025 just to maintain existing levels of provision.
……………… “Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades. It is absolutely vital the Government uses its social care green paper and forthcoming Spending Review to work on a cross party basis to address the immediate funding crisis and set out how it plans to ensure that there is a sustainable, long-term funding solution that can deliver the prevention, care and support that people need. This process must start now.”