Responding to new analysis from the Royal Society of Medicine linking 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to cuts in health and social care, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, said:
“We would urge government to urgently review the evidence behind this analysis. If correct, it would clearly reinforce the desperate need to properly fund social care.
“Genuinely new government money is now the only way to protect the services caring for elderly and disabled people, and ensure they can enjoy dignified and healthy lives, live in their own community and stay out of hospital for longer.
“Social care faces a funding gap of £2.6 billion by 2020, while councils’ public health budgets, which fund vital prevention work that keeps people well and out of hospital, have been cut by £530 million over a five year period.
“Councils, care providers, charities and the NHS are all united around the need for central government to fully fund adult social care. This is essential if we are to ensure people can live independent, fulfilling lives, as well as alleviating the pressures on the NHS.”