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£3.2 Billion Funding Gap for Adult and Children’s Services
Between them, both adult social care and children’s services will have a combined funding gap of almost £3.2 billion by the end of the decade according to local government leaders.
The analysis, by the Local Government Association, found that children’s services will have a £1.9bn gap between funding and need and adult social care will have a £1.25bn gap. The LGA who submitted the figures to the Treasury said that councils were facing rising demand for social work services but were not being given additional government funding to meet it.
The Treasury promised to invest £1.5bn into the services through the Better Care Fund by 2020, but the LGA calculated that this additional revenue still won’t fill the funding gap.
The LGA warned that the foundations of the adult social care system were extremely unstable, with over half of local authorities across England had a home care or residential care provider exit the market during the first 6 months of 2016. In order to tackle the urgency of the challenges facing children’s and adults services, the LGA have called on the government to bring forward £700m of the Better Care Fund immediately.
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