|The problem is getting worse by the day|
The LGA's new 'State of the Nation' report on the adult social care funding crisis reveals that just 11% of the £129bn health & care budget is spent by councils on adult social care, with the remainder on health services. A poll, carried out by Populus Data Solutions for the LGA, reveals that 62% think adult social care services should receive a much higher proportion of health and care funding. The findings follow new analysis by the LGA which estimates adult social care services face a potential funding gap of at least £2.6bn.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England & Wales, says the only way to deal with the significant pressures facing both adult social care and the NHS is to invest more in services that help to keep people out of hospital and to stay in their communities, which is what the vast majority of people want.
This is at a time when record numbers of people find themselves unable to leave hospital due to a lack of care in the community and increasing numbers of people, unable to get care, are having to turn to stretched A&E departments instead.'State of the Nation' is a collection of essays from senior sector leaders & experts which sets out the scale of underfunding in adult social care, and the consequences this is having on people, providers & workers and the NHS.