Posted on 28/08/2018 by
MPs support extra adult social care funding
The majority of MPs believe councils should receive more funding for adult social care services, a new poll has revealed.
The survey, conducted for the Local Government Association (LGA), found 84% of cross-party MPs believe extra money should be given to councils to help tackle the funding crisis facing services for the elderly and disabled.
The LGA estimate adult social care services face a £3.5bn funding gap by 2025 just to maintain existing standards of care.
'Councils, care workers, health professionals and now even MPs and Peers agree that social care funding to councils must be increased,' said cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
'Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.
'The Government cannot duck this issue any longer. It must make genuinely new resources available urgently to plug the short-term funding gap of £3.5bn as well as set out its plans to secure the longer-term future.'