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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