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Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing spokeswoman, welcomes the launch of an inquiry by the CLG Committee into the financial sustainability of local authority social care.
"We are in real danger of a crisis in social care, with councils', providers' and carers' ability to support our loved ones and ensure they live the dignified and independent life they deserve undermined by severe funding pressures.
"The growing demand of an ageing population, as well as the increasing costs following the introduction of the National Living Wage, are squeezing care home and domiciliary care providers to the point of collapse. "On top of this, councils are starting from an unstable foundation, having had to close a £5 billion funding gap over the past five years”.