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LGA - Councils respond to personal budgets report

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community Wellbeing responds to the Public Accounts Committee's report on personal budgets in adult social care.

"For many years councils have been doing everything they can to work closely with individuals and ensure they have the utmost control and choice over how they use the money available for their care and support.

"Despite the financial pressures faced by local authorities, councils and their partners aspire to see that people's needs and wishes remain central to their care.

"Satisfaction with care and support remains high, and councils continue to learn from each other about how to deliver innovative and personalised services.

"But to really ensure that individuals receive the care they need and deserve, we need social care to be properly funded by government.

"The Government should – as a starting point - bring forward the £700 million Better Care Fund money earmarked for the end of the decade to 2016/17 to help alleviate growing social care pressures."

View report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmpubacc/74/7402.htm

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