Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Need More Funds to Meet Demand for Social Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Need More Funds to Meet Demand for Social Care

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Councils are unable to keep pace with the demands placed on their social care services despite their best efforts, local government leaders warned this week.

A report published on July 4 claimed that central government funding fell well short of need. Government provision for council spending last year was £800m less than the amount councils have had to find in order to meet their obligations.

The joint report, from the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Social Services, the Society of Municipal Treasurers and the Society of County Treasurers, said councils were working hard to generate efficiencies to cover the gap but could not keep up with demands.

David Rogers, chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: 'At current levels councils must either tighten eligibility criteria or increase council tax. …

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