LGA criticises omission of care funding from Autumn Statement

Health and social care leaders and the Local Government Association (LGA) have condemned Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Autumn Statement as a missed opportunity to announce new investment in care.

The news comes after calls have been made for more funding for council-run social care in England, amid concerns that limits to care were leaving patients stuck in hospitals.

Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, said: “The government must take urgent action to properly fund social care if councils are to stand any chance of protecting the services which care for the elderly and vulnerable. Extra council tax-raising powers will not bring in enough money to alleviate the pressure on social care and councils will not receive the vast majority of new funding in the Better Care Fund until the end of the decade. Services supporting our elderly and vulnerable are at breaking point now.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has warned there would be increasing delays in the NHS and growing gaps in the care market as Winter approaches, claiming that the government ‘has plainly ignored a wide range of respected voice’.