LGA responds to Spending Review social care and public health announcements

“Extra funding for children’s and adult social care will help address some pressures. No new public health funding, despite this incredibly challenging period, also runs contrary to addressing the stark health inequalities exposed by COVID-19."


A carer and relative

Responding to announcements about adult social care and public health in today’s Spending Review, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the crucial value of councils’ adult social care and public health services.

“Extra funding for children’s and adult social care will help address some short-term pressures, but we need a clear plan on the future of care and support and how we pay for it, which recognises low pay in the adult social care workforce and finally delivers parity of esteem with the NHS. The social care council tax precept remains a sticking plaster which will not address long-term pressures.

“No new public health funding, despite this incredibly challenging period, also runs contrary to addressing the stark health inequalities exposed by COVID-19 and levelling up our communities. Keeping people healthy and well throughout their lives reduces pressure on the NHS and social care.”