Responding to new research from Independent Age and the IPPR on a rise in National Insurance contributions raising extra funding for social care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“We need fundamental changes to the way we fund adult social care if we are deliver a long-term sustainable system that works for everyone in society and meets their needs with safe and quality services.
“Therefore, regardless of whether or not they are the way forward, it is essential that ideas for reform of this magnitude are brought to the table for consideration, rather than piecemeal measures that merely tinker around the edges, and do not get to the root of the problem.
“This new research illustrates the difficult, brave and possibly even controversial decision-making that will be required to secure the long-term future of care and support. That is why cross-party consensus on the way forward is so essential.
“It is absolutely vital that government acts and addresses the social care crisis in next week’s Autumn Budget.
“As a minimum it should set out in further detail the intention to bring forward proposals for adult social care mentioned in the Queen’s Speech and how it proposes to fill the £2.3 billion annual funding gap that social care will face by 2020.”