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LGA responds to Age UK report on care home charges

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, commented on Age UK’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ report on care home charges, 

“Councils want to do everything they can to make sure that those who move into a care home are close to their loved ones, and to minimise any stress and difficulties that this places upon families.

“But this report is yet another indication of the stark reality facing adult social care, which is at a tipping point, and the need for the sector to be adequately funded.

“The £2 billion announced in the Spring Budget was a step in the right direction. But councils need to be given full freedom and flexibility to invest this in the areas where it is most needed. The recent announcement around how this should be spent shows this freedom is very much lacking.

“Despite this extra funding, this is one-off money, and councils still face an annual funding gap in social care of £2.3 billion by 2020.

“It is absolutely critical that the Government brings forward its consultation for social care announced in the Queen’s Speech, and that it works with local government leaders in delivering a long-term sustainable funding solution for social care.”

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