Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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Adult social care funding frequently asked questions

This FAQ aims to set out a clearer picture, along with our latest understanding of the issues associated with the funding, and the positions the LGA is taking.

Adult social care – key messages, March 2018

This LGA briefing contains information on adult social care funding and Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOCs).

Care Act phase two reforms

On 1 July the Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP.

Care homes in England | House of Commons

Local government still faces additional financial burdens meaning further savings are required.

Debate on challenges facing social care in England following the pandemic, and effect of the Health and Social Care Levy on government social care plans House of Lords, 14 October 2021

COVID-19 has brought into sharp relief the challenges facing adult social care, and in many cases exacerbated them, but it has also powerfully underlined the essential value of social care in supporting people to live the life they want to lead.

Debate on human rights for older people, and their comprehensive care, House of Lords, Thursday 16 November 2017

"The extra money for social care announced in the Spring Budget 2017 was a step in the right direction. However, it is only one-off funding which reduces each year and stops at the end of 2019/20. It is not a long-term solution."

Debate on social care provision in the UK and the role of carers in that provision, House of Lords, 24 June 2021

Over the past decade, adult social care cost pressures have increased by £8.5 billion and total funding has increased by £2.4 billion. This has meant a gap of £6.1 billion needed to be managed.

Debate on the Economic Affairs Committee report into social care funding, House of Lords, 28 January 2021

Adult social care and support is a vital service in its own right. It helps people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. It binds our communities, helps sustain the NHS and provides essential economic value to our country. Too often health and social care are set on unequal footings, with the latter viewed (sometimes solely) in terms of the role it can play in supporting the former.

Debate on the NHS’s performance in relation to its priority area targets; and the impact of adult social care pressures on patients of the National Health Service, and their safety, House of Lords, 6 February 2020

We are pleased that in the recent Spending Round, the Government has responded to our calls and provided desperately needed new money, including £1 billion for social care (children’s and adults), as well as confirming the continuation of existing grants. However, these one-off, piecemeal injections of funding hamper councils’ ability to plan for anything beyond a short-term horizon. Social care needs to be given long term funding certainty in the same way as the NHS, and we look forward to seeing the Government’s plans for long-term adult social care reform.

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