The scale of the social care crisis

NHS Digital figures reveal councils spent £17.5 billion on social care last year but the LGA warns services face a £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020.

The Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report showed councils received 1.8 million requests for support last year.

Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“These figures show councils are doing all they can to protect adult social care services. But the increase in demand and cost of services is adding to the huge pressure they are already under to support older and disabled people – keeping them at home living independently in the community.”

Source: Daily Express p9