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Views sought as councillor warns of national social care funding crisis

20 September 2018

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed. Residents and community groups still have time to share their views on the future of national adult social care funding in a major national consultation.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched 'The lives we want to lead', which addresses the major funding challenges facing adult care.

The consultation asks for people's views on how best to pay for social care and support for older people, adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.

It is estimated by the LGA that adult social services provided by councils face a national annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

We've seen nearly £200 million of government cuts in the last 8 years, with more to follow. Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, recently warned of a social care crisis unless a long-term funding solution was found.

Councillor Ahmed said: "I welcome the LGA consultation which underlines how seriously this is being taken across local government. The consultation is open to everyone and I would urge people across the borough to have their say.

"Adult social care funding is now on the precipice of a major collapse. Government ministers have sat back and allowed this crisis to grow and grow, so I hope this timely consultation send a clear message that enough is enough and we now need real action before it's too late".

Residents and community groups have until Wednesday, 26 September 2018 to comment on the consultation.

Findings from the consultation are expected to influence the government's spending plans and green paper on adult social care funding, due for release in autumn 2018.