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LGA responds to additional funding for hospital discharges

"This funding for supporting patient discharges from hospitals will be significant over the winter months. We are pleased to see the importance of social care being recognised in improving this service, but it is vital to remember that social care has huge value to people’s lives in its own right."

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Councils call for £13 billion for social care to be delivered as promised by PM

Social care is in dire need of this comprehensive package so people of all ages who draw on care are best able to live an equal life.

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LGA response: Ombudsman guidance on care finance decisions

Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to Ombudsman guidance on care finance decisions.

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Evidence of immediate pressures to social care growing

Councils are extremely concerned about the current pressures facing social care and the capacity and financial resources required to deliver the Government’s reform agenda.

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LGA responds to LUHC committee report on long-term funding for adult social care

"Social care has been facing an uphill battle for some time in terms of sustainable funding, the sector urgently needs financial support and we are pleased that LGA evidence and recommendations has influenced this report."

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LGA responds to NHS Confederation report on social care

We have been calling for higher pay for social care staff for many years, to guarantee workers get properly compensated for the critical work that they do and to retain and encourage more talent into the workforce. Social care certainly does need a “rescue package” to deliver an increase in pay for staff, a long-term workforce plan, increased overall investment in adult social care.

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LGA responds to ADASS Spring budget survey

“This invaluable report provides further evidence of the immediate difficulties councils and care providers are facing in delivering care and support. Demand for services is increasing, budgets are not stretching as far, unpaid carers are facing further strains, and recruitment and retention remain huge challenges."

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The Forgotten Workforce – Recruiting and Retaining Personal Assistants

Joint press release: Local Government Association (LGA) and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

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Not enough money for adult social care reforms, say 98 per cent of councils in LGA survey

Of the £36 billion the new UK-wide health and social levy will raise over the next three years, only £5.4 billion is ringfenced for social care reforms in England.

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LGA responds to County Councils Network and Newton report

“Potential underfunding of these reforms would only exacerbate pre-existing significant pressures, which the reforms – and the funding for them – do nothing to address."