LGA responds to County Councils Network and LaingBuisson report

"Many councils have approached us regarding these reforms and this timely report clearly highlights the risk to care homes. We remain clear that under-funded reforms also pose a risk to the overall financial viability of some councils as they stand now."


Elderly man in care home

Responding to the County Councils Network and LaingBuisson report on adult social care charging reforms, Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board said:

“The findings of this report are a further stark warning about the potential significant underfunding of the Government’s reform proposals. More must be done to ensure that social care is on stable footing before any further pressures are put onto the sector, and that those changes are fully funded and supported.

“Many councils have approached us regarding these reforms and this timely report clearly highlights the risk to care homes. We remain clear that under-funded reforms also pose a risk to the overall financial viability of some councils as they stand now.

“The risks set out in this report potentially have serious consequences for providers, councils, and most importantly for those who draw on care. The Government must act on the findings of this report and work with councils to ensure an adequate uplift for social care, as well as support to implement the reforms.”