Response to DCLG's local government stats including the adult social care budget
30 June 2016
Commenting on the DCLG’s local government statistics out today, which show how local authorities plan to spend their money for the financial year 2016-17 (including on adult social care), Leonard Cheshire Disability’s policy and research manager Alice Mitchell-Pye said:
‘New figures published today show spending on adult social care will rise by £308 million (2.2%) this year.
‘This is good news and shows local authorities are utilising new powers to raise revenue locally.
‘However with more disabled and older people than ever before in need of care and support, this is not nearly enough to plug the significant funding gap in social care, which is expected to reach £2.7 billion by 2020.
‘The government must act now to provide further support to local authorities and bring forward new and increased funding.’
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Notes to editors
- Department for Communities and Local Government: Local authority revenue expenditure and financing England: 2016 to 2017 budget, Released 30 June 2016.
- Net expenditure on adult social care services is budgeted to increase by £308 million (2.2%) in 2016-17 compared to 2015-16.
- This is the first year local authorities can utilise the Adult Social Care precept announced by the chancellor in the 2015 Spending Review.
- Social care funding gap estimate from Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust.