Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for urgent talks on social care funding with Prime Minister Theresa May.
The move follows the government’s announcement last week that it was allowing local authorities to raise the social care precept over the next two years to increase funding for the sector (see NEWSFLASH: Mixed response to social care precept changes).
The letter reads: “The social care system is breaking down from lack of support. I hope you will be prepared to discuss both emergency support for social care to tide services over until April as well as longer-term solutions to the funding and restructuring of social care provision.”
Mr Corbyn adds: “Relying upon council taxes to plug the shortfall will lead to a postcode lottery and shift the cost of care on to already hard-pressed council taxpayers. The government must take responsibility.”
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government replied: “On Thursday, the government announced almost £900m of additional funding over the next two years to tackle these growing pressures.
“The prime minister is clear that we need to find a long-term sustainable solution, including making sure all local authorities learn from the best performers to raise standards across the whole system.”
In a further letter to the government, meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has demanded that the chancellor find more than £1bn to fund social care.