Councilors are calling on the new Prime Minister to deliver on his pledge to deliver £13 billion in social care as government plans to scrap the recently introduced National Insurance Levy were confirmed.
Earlier this week, Liz Truss said her “first priority” for social care was to adequately fund it over the winter because “too many” people are in hospital because of a lack of places.
During the election campaign, she promised to allocate 13 billion pounds to social care.
On Thursday, Health and Social Care Secretary Theresa Coffey announced a £500 million social care fund, which she described as a “seed payment” pending the development of long-term plans.
But the Local Government Association (LGA) said £6 billion was needed immediately to boost health workers’ pay, tackle demographic and inflationary pressures and stabilize the provider market, with the rest “urgently needed”.
The Independent Care Group, which represents providers in York and North Yorkshire, has called on the Government to make a “fresh start” for social care reform.
Chairman Mike Padgham said the mini-budget should set out how the government will fund long-term reform of the sector, as well as provide measures to help care homes and home care providers weather the cost-of-living crisis.
He said: “We need urgent help now and reforms later.
“Care cannot close, it cannot save more than it already has, it must keep going, keep helping people and keep supporting the NHS.
“We’ve reached a point where we can’t go on.”
A perfect storm amid the cost of living crisis
With a new prime minister and health and social care minister in place, he added: “It’s time for a bold new start to tackle the crisis in social care – they’ve talked, now let’s see how they go. .”
Earlier this week, the County Council Network (CCN), which represents 36 predominantly Conservative councils, also called on Ms Truss to honor her commitment.
It said services were facing a “perfect storm” of staff shortages, fewer available beds, higher costs and rising demand, meaning people are waiting longer for care, at a time when there is a perception that social care has been “fixed reforms have already been announced.
He warned that cost of living crisis could add £3.7bn to social care spending – more than double the expected rise.