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Not enough money for adult social care reforms, say 98 per cent of councils in LGA survey

Of the £36 billion the new UK-wide health and social levy will raise over the next three years, only £5.4 billion is ringfenced for social care reforms in England.

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LGA responds to County Councils Network and Newton report

“Potential underfunding of these reforms would only exacerbate pre-existing significant pressures, which the reforms – and the funding for them – do nothing to address."

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LGA responds to ADASS adult social care assessments survey

"These alarming findings illustrate the huge everyday challenges adult social care continues to face and the impact they have on the people who draw on care and support to live their best life."

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LGA responds to government guidance on the Fair Cost of Care

"Adult social care is facing a funding gap for current services, increasing each year due to inflation and other costs even with these reforms fully funded. This is without considering the immediate need to address unmet and under met need on these overburdened systems."

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Sector leaders call for action on social care workforce

National adult social care organisations have come together to call for a co-produced, national workforce strategy alongside action to improve terms and conditions.

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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."


LGA responds to new NHS reform plan

"The success of the Government’s plans to deliver better outcomes for people and communities will be absolutely reliant on councils."

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LGA responds to The King's Fund report on adult social care

“Social care remains under enormous strain to recruit and retain high quality staff when faced with pay issues, unmet need within the sector and pressures on provider fee levels. Considering the limits that adult social care has been working within over the pandemic, it’s positive to see that the report finds that “service quality held up quite well”.

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Councils could face budget blackhole amid growing concerns about underfunded adult social care reforms

As councils plan budgets for next year, concerns are growing that the Government’s reforms to adult social care are underfunded and risk their implementation as well as exacerbating existing pressures, the Local Government Association is warning.


LGA responds to Health and Care Integration white paper

"Adult social care is in a fragile position, with councils struggling to balance budgets and services severely impacted by rising costs and recruitment issues. A long-term funding solution is urgently needed in order to ensure a sustainable, high quality and sufficient care and health workforce to meet needs now and going forward."