Tag: Local Government Association

Rising demand in social care will cost 60p in every £1 collected in council tax by 2020

Rising demand in social care will cost 60p in every £1 collected in council tax by 2020

Almost 60p in every £1 that people pay in council tax may have to be spent caring for children and adults by 2020, leaving increasingly less to fund other services, like fixing potholes, cleaning streets and running leisure centres and libraries.   New analysis by the Local Government Association, published ahead of the Autumn Budget, […]

10th November 2017 | By | Reply More
There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system

There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system

LGA RESPONDS TO NHS CHIEF EXECUTIVE SIMON STEVENS’ SPEECH Responding to NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens’ speech to the NHS Providers conference, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system. “Adult social care services provide invaluable care […]

9th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Return to Social Work programme launched to encourage social workers back into critical roles

Return to Social Work programme launched to encourage social workers back into critical roles

The Local Government Association (LGA), in partnership with central government and with the support of the Government Equalities Office, is launching its Return to Social Work programme which will look to retrain social workers for both adults and children who have left the profession. The West Midlands, East of England and London will be the […]

24th October 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Ticking time bomb’ as homelessness rises in the over sixties

‘Ticking time bomb’ as homelessness rises in the over sixties

The nation is facing a “ticking time bomb” in the number of homeless older people after latest figures showed an alarming rise of 130 per cent since its lowest point eight years ago, councils warn today. The Local Government Association says that older homelessness is a growing hidden phenomenon that needs greater understanding.   Latest […]

13th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Majority of MPs think social care system is not fit for purpose-Independent Age survey

Majority of MPs think social care system is not fit for purpose-Independent Age survey

Responding to an Independent Age survey showing the majority of MPs think the social care system is not fit for purpose, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “It is encouraging to see so many MPs across all political parties recognising the need for action to find a sustainable […]

31st August 2017 | By | Reply More
No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

Responding to the latest delayed transfers of care figures published today by NHS England, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their […]

10th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Councils respond to government rules on how to spend extra £2bn social care funding

Councils respond to government rules on how to spend extra £2bn social care funding

Responding to the Government framework published today which includes how the £2 billion extra funding for social over the next three years should be spent, Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The £1 billion of additional social care funding this year, followed by £674 million in 2018/19 […]

31st March 2017 | By | Reply More
Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today. All councils can raise council tax by up to 1.99 per cent in 2017/18 to fund local services without the need for a referendum – most […]

20th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Local Government Association responds to Scope’s report on Disabled People in Crisis

Local Government Association responds to Scope’s report on Disabled People in Crisis

Responding to a report published by Scope entitled ‘Disabled People in Crisis’, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, said:   “It is simply unacceptable for anyone to be left without the dignified care they need and rely on and it is essential that providers do all they can to stop this from […]

10th November 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care

LGA responds to Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care

Responding to the Which? figures on how much local authorities pay for long-term care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing spokesman, said:   “Councils work closely with providers to ensure a diverse and quality provider market that gives people the right choice of care options. But despite their best efforts, many councils have […]

15th October 2015 | By | Reply More
Councils can double savings if Government invests in keeping people healthy

Councils can double savings if Government invests in keeping people healthy

For every £1 spent on programmes to keep people healthy, almost double could be saved for the public purse within five years, LGA analysis for the Spending Review reveals today. The Local Government Association, which represents over 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to urgently […]

14th October 2015 | By | Reply More
Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters across England are going above and beyond their fire prevention work and are now supporting vulnerable people with issues relating to dementia, mental health, domestic abuse, social isolation, childhood obesity and youth unemployment.   Following the transfer of public health duties to local government, the fire and rescue service is now working in partnership […]

28th August 2015 | By | Reply More
We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

LGA RESPONDS TO THE AGE UK REPORT SAYING OVER A MILLION OLDER PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO COPE AT HOME WITH ZERO CARE   Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This report highlights the LGA’s very real concerns around decreasing funding for the basic services elderly people have come […]

6th July 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

Jude, from Staffordshire County Council, fought off competition from 10 other leading lights in local government when she was declared the winner at the LGA annual conference in Harrogate last week. Jude received the accolade from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, and will receive up to £10,000 […]

6th July 2015 | By | Reply More
Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Support for protection of adult social care funding among MPs will continue into next Parliament.

Three quarters of MPs agree that adult social care funding from government should be protected in a similar way to the NHS for the next five years, a poll published today shows.   The survey carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Local Government Association shows that the majority of MPs from all political […]

29th March 2015 | By | Reply More
Social care to cost council tax payers £800 a year

Social care to cost council tax payers £800 a year

More than half of what people pay in council tax will soon be spent on caring for vulnerable children and adults, creating a huge squeeze on councils’ ability to fix roads, clean streets and keep libraries open.   New analysis published by the Local Government Association today breaks down how every £1 of council tax […]

23rd March 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA RESPONDS TO NHS VANGUARD ANNOUNCEMENT ON 29 AREAS OF INTEGRATION

LGA RESPONDS TO NHS VANGUARD ANNOUNCEMENT ON 29 AREAS OF INTEGRATION

Responding to the NHS announcement of 29 Vanguard areas for social care and health integration, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils want to help people live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Evidence has shown that integrating health and social care means people will receive better, […]

10th March 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund,

LGA responds to PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund,

Responding to the PAC report on planning for the Better Care Fund, a Local Government Association spokesman, said:   “This rightly recognises the significant work that councils have had to undertake to make sure that vulnerable people do not suffer at the hands of last-minute government changes to the Better Care Fund.   “Councils, health […]

26th February 2015 | By | Reply More
Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Next budget must ring fence social care funding like NHS

Social care funding must be protected in the same way that it is for the NHS in the next Budget or another crisis such as the one seen this winter will be unavoidable, local government leaders are warning today.   The Local Government Association is calling on the Chancellor to use next month’s Budget to […]

16th February 2015 | By | Reply More
Councils respond to Early Intervention Foundation

Councils respond to Early Intervention Foundation

Responding to the Early Intervention Foundation’s press release on the cost of social problems which affect young people, Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils recognise that investing in early intervention improves the life chances of young people and results in cost savings to the public purse later […]

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