More than nine in 10 councillors have called on the government to give greater priority to social care and begin committing more resources to the sector.
The poll of over 600 councillors by the Local Government Association (LGA) came ahead of a House of Lords debate yesterday on social care provision and the role of carers.
The survey, which was run by Survation for Social Care Future (SCF), found that 94% of councillors agreed with the SCF’s vision that the function of social care is to ensure that we can all “live in the place we call home, be with the people and things that we love, in communities where we care about and support each other, doing the things that matter to us”.
Councillors also overwhelmingly (95%) recognised the important role of councils in supporting and working alongside local communities to ensure people have the support they need to live good lives.
Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, (pictured) said: “Social care has been on the frontline throughout the pandemic and there has never been a more crucial time to find a long-term solution to how we support all those who draw upon and work in these vital services.
“As this survey proves, local councillors across the country and of all political colours are overwhelmingly in favour of social care being a major priority for the government along with the funding needed to not just get through the pandemic, but to build back better from it.
“As SCF state, we all want to live in the place we call home, be with the people and things that we love, in communities where we care about and support each other, doing the things that matter to us. This is the role of social care and 94% of councillors agree with this vision.
“Millions of people who draw upon or work in the field of social care deserve to know that their and their families’ future is secure, after all they have experienced over the past 15 months. We look forward to government bringing forward its proposals as soon as possible and before the summer parliamentary recess.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are committed to the sustainable improvement of the adult social care system and, as set out in the Queen’s Speech, we will bring forward proposals later this year to ensure every person receives the care they need, provided with the dignity they deserve.
“This year, the funding committed to councils through un-ringfenced grants to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on their services, including in adult social care, is rising to £6 billion.
“We are working closely with local and national partners to ensure our approach to reform is informed by diverse perspectives, including from people with lived experience of the care sector.”