BREAKING NEWS: Councils issue ‘bare minimum’ warning in face of rising social care demand


English councils have warned they will resort to providing the “bare minimum” if no extra funding is made available to meet rising demand for services such as social care.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP analysis for the County Councils Network (CCN) warns that councils face a £50bn black hole over the next six years due to rising demand for services and increasing costs.

Cllr Paul Carter, chairman of the County Councils Network, said: “Over the last decade councils have played a crucial part in reducing the deficit, but the yearly compounding effect of funding cuts and rising demand means that the situation is fast becoming untenable. This research demonstrates the need for government to provide all councils with additional resources at the Spending Review, with the most significant financial challenges being experienced by county and metropolitan authorities most in need.”

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The analysis reveals that raising council taxes and increasing efficiency will not be enough to fill the funding gap.

The report forecasts that adult social care spending will rise by £6.1bn nationally by 2025 compared with a decade before.

By 2025, counties will account for 47% of all local government spending on adult social care and will need to spend an additional £2.9bn annually compared to 2015/26 on these services due to rising demand and costs.

Four fifths (78%) of the 36 county authorities’ spending will relate to adult social care, children’s services, public health and education services by 2025.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins told the BBC: “We really need a proper adult, cross-party debate on the future funding of adult social care.

“We need to know how we are going to fund this in the future.

“It can’t fall just on the council tax and the business-rate payer.”

A government spokesperson said: “Local authorities will have access to £46.4bn this year, a real-terms increase that will strengthen services, support local communities and help councils meet the needs of their residents.”

The spokesperson said the government will be looking at funding for services as part of its spending review.

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  1. Yes, if austerity cuts are not reversed and the grants to councils substantially increased adult social care will cease to exist in any recognised forms, thereby substantially increasing the demand for health care from, not only the persons in need of care, but also the family carers who are needing to rely on social care

    You may ask why the family are not providing care for their family members, well they have done for many years and now they do not have the strength, not only to do more, but what they have been doing.

    No family willingly requests social care, but do it as a last resort when they can do no more.

    But social care is in crisis and so are many of the Care Service providers who are desperately short of good quality care workers. A major problem is the rate of pay in the care sector and to some extent care workers are not respected. For the responsibilities they undertake, their pay remuneration is saddly lacking.

    This is the fault of the Government austerity cuts and until the local authorities are in receipt of more funding from the Government care will continue to be lacking.

    So for a start please support the petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage

    Further evidence is at

    Social care, care workers and people in need of care and their family need YOU.

    It is only your signature required, so please sign the petition.

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