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84% of MPs supportive of extra social care funding, an LGA poll reveals

MPs believe councils should receive more funding for adult social care services, a new poll suggests.

The Local Government Association (LGA) conducted the survey and found 84% of cross-party MPs believe extra money should be given to councils to tackle the social care funding crisis facing services for the elderly, disabled and most vulnerable.

The LGA estimated that social care services will face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025 just to maintain existing standard of care.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “Councils, care workers, health professionals and now even MPs and Peers agree that social care funding to councils must be increased.

“Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.”

Local councils can currently add an extra 3% on to council taxes to fund adult social care, but councils such as East Sussex County Council only has enough funding until 2021.

“The Government cannot duck this issue any longer. It must make genuinely new resources available urgently to plug the short-term funding gap of £3.5 billion as well as set out its plans to secure the longer-term future,” said Cllr Seccombe.

The social care green paper is due this autumn after being delayed for the second time.

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