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LGA Spotlights £600M Care Funding Gap

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Spotlights £600M Care Funding Gap

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Older people are being 'deprived of the care they deserve' because of the worsening £600m shortfall between what councils have available to fund care services and the minimum they need to spend, the Local Government Association has said.

Launching the organisations campaign to secure increased funding for social care in next year's Comprehensive Spending Review, LGA social care spokesman David Rogers said: 'The situation is bordering on crisis point.

'For too long, successive governments have ducked finding a genuine, long-term solution to this critical issue. The result is a social care system creaking at the seams. The tragedy is that older people in England are being deprived of the care they deserve in later life. It is not fair.'

In their campaign report Fair care distributed to MPs last week - the LGA claims that a combination of historical under-funding and the recent NHS deficit problems have 'forced [local authorities] to tighten their eligibility criteria for social services recipients year-on-year'. …

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