Introduction from Chairman of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr David Fothergill:

The LGA has called on the Prime Minister to deliver the £13 billion pledged to tackle the crisis in adult social care as part of her leadership campaign. We have said that £6 billion of this funding is needed immediately to increase care worker pay, meet demography and inflation pressures and stabilise the provider market. The rest of the £13 billion is also needed urgently to ensure councils can deliver their statutory duties under the Care Act.

We have also warned that this coming winter is widely expected to be particularly challenging meaning it will be vital that there is significant new investment now so that people are able to access the support they need. This would also help ensure that social care can play its part in helping to alleviate the pressures facing the NHS.

Meanwhile, the County Councils Network (CCN) has called on the Government to delay its social care reforms, warning that services face a ‘perfect storm’ of financial and workforce pressures over the next 12 months. CCN has highlighted that councils risk not having the staff or money needed to implement the financial changes proposed. And the NHS Confederation has called on the Government to introduce extra social care funding.

These issues and more will be discussed in the forthcoming National Children and Adult Services Conference 2022. Aimed at those with a leading role in adults and children’s social care, this landmark annual event will take place in person between 2 and 4 November 2022 in Manchester.

I do hope to see many of you there, alongside NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard; The Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel De Souza; ADASS President Sarah McClinton; ADCS President Steve Crocker; and LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson.

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