Views needed as Adult Social Care reaches breaking point
Telford & Wrekin Council is encouraging people to take part in a major national consultation by the Local Government Association (LGA) into how to pay for adult social care and support for older people, working age adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.
The national LGA estimates that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.
Years of significant underfunding of councils, alongside rising demand and costs for care and support has pushed adult social care services to breaking point.
More and more people are unable to receive good, reliable care, such as help with getting washed and dressed, and funding is increasingly having to be diverted from other vital council services, such as parks, leisure centres and libraries, to plug growing adult social care funding gaps.
The LGA’s consultation is open to any – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support – and community groups. The findings will be used to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans.
Cllr Paul Watling cabinet member for Children and Adults Early Help and Support, said: “Finding 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 LGA’s green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults and we encourage as many people and organisations to have their say on how we pay for it and the responsibilities of national government, local councils, citizens, families and communities.”
The LGA’s green paper consultation is available here.
An easy read version can be downloaded here.
The consultation closes on 26 September.