LGA responds to King's Fund Report on social care

| September 14, 2016

LGA responds to King's Fund Report on social care
Responding to a report by the King's Fund and Nuffield Trust on cuts to social care, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said: "This report confirms what councils have been saying all along about the urgent need for government to properly fund adult social care, and we very much support calls for a fresh debate around how best to support future social care. "Social care has reached crisis point, with councils', providers' and carers' ability to support our loved ones and ensure they live the dignified and independent life they deserve severely undermined by funding pressures. "The need to tackle this was acknowledged by the Government in its decision to allow councils to raise council tax by 2 per cent to pay for adult social care in 2016/17, and provide up to an additional £1.5 billion via the Better Care Fund by 2019/20.

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