The government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) must provide a long-term funding solution for adult social services, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged.
The CSR, the government’s first in more than a decade, is due to be published this autumn and set out resource budgets for the next three years.
In its CSR submission, the LGA told the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, that £10 billion is needed to not only plug a funding gap of £5 billion, which councils expect to face by 2024, but meet growing demand pressures and improve services for communities.
Of this, £5.3bn must be used to plug the gap and maintain current levels of service, the LGA said, and a further £2.9 billion should be used by councils to help improve services and reduce inequalities.
This includes investment in early intervention and prevention and reforming adult social care pay.
The LGA stressed that the government must provide sustainable and certain long-term funding to councils, bring power and resources closer to people and finally begin cross-party work to provide a sustainable, long-term funding solution for adult social care services.
Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, said: “The pandemic has shone a light on the highly valued services councils provide – including public health, adult social care.
“Councils are focused on supporting communities through this crisis and beyond as we look to rebuild our economy, get people back to work and level up inequalities. That is why the first Comprehensive Spending Review in more than a decade will shape the direction of this country for years to come.
“Securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of local services must be the top priority.”