Social care ‘on the brink’, health charities warn

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Three health charities have urged the Government to address the critical state of health and social care ahead of the Autumn Budget.

Research by the Nuffield Trust, The Health Foundation and The King’s Fund states that social care remains on the brink of crisis and is facing a funding gap of £2.5bn by 2019/20.

The report states: “Unless additional funding is found, more people will be denied access to local authority funded care, increasing pressure on service users, their families and carers.”

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The charities call on the Government to use its Autumn Budget to commit to publishing a Green Paper setting out proposals for wide-ranging reform and costed options for a sustainable funding settlement.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, has, meanwhile, responded to Chief Executive Simon Stephens’ call for the Government to honour Brexit campaigners commitment to more money to the NHS.

Cllr Seccombe said: “There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system. Adult social care services provide invaluable care and support for older and disabled people.

“Investing in social care keeps people out of hospital and living independent, dignified lives at home and in the community. It is the single best investment to alleviate pressure on our vital NHS services.

“As a nation we urgently need to recognise the importance of adult social care and prevention of poor health. We need to shift perceptions and make adult social care just as important in the public eye and within government as the NHS.

“The Government should use this month’s Autumn Budget to set out how it plans to tackle the crisis in adult social care as well as the NHS to deliver a long-term sustainable solution that works for adults of all ages.“

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