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LGA responds to Spending Review social care and public health announcements

Responding to announcements about adult social care and public health in today’s Spending Review, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the crucial value of councils’ adult social care and public health services. “Extra funding for children’s and adult social care will help address some short-term pressures, but we need a clear plan on the future of care and support and how we pay for it, which recognises low pay in the adult social care workforce and finally delivers parity of esteem

Carer taking an elderly woman in a wheelchair for a walk

LGA responds to weekly testing of homecare workers

"Homecare workers have not been able to access the same level of testing as their colleagues working in care homes, so this announcement should redress this balance. The further rollout of these tests to live-in carers and personal assistants also needs to happen as quickly as possible."

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LGA responds to Centre for Ageing Better’s ‘State of Ageing 2020’ report

Responding to the Centre for Ageing Better’s ‘State of Ageing in 2020’ report, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This latest report is another important warning that the impact of coronavirus could have far reaching consequences for everyone, from all ages and backgrounds. “Councils play a crucial role in improving and maintaining their residents’ health and wellbeing, including for older people. During this incredibly difficult period, councils want to continue doing all they can to ensure our older people have access to

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LGA responds to Age UK report calling for care staff pay rise

"The upcoming Spending Review must provide councils with the extra funding they need to help shore up social care ahead of winter and get through the second wave of COVID-19, while also using this as the basis for future reform of social care to place it on a long-term, sustainable footing.”

Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

LGA responds to CQC report on use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing."

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LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on social care funding and workforce

“This helpful report reinforces our calls for a long-term, sustainable funding solution for adult social care"

Carer taking an elderly woman in a wheelchair for a walk

LGA responds to Skills for Care workforce report

"Urgent action is needed for the care workforce including on pay, professionalisation, skills and training. We look forward to working with Skills for Care to help address this."

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LGA responds to Carers UK report on support for unpaid carers

“Every part of the care and support sector is under intense pressure due to the current crisis and councils are doing all they can to support carers and those they care for through this."

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LGA responds to CQC State of Care report

“The unequal impact of COVID-19 on people using and working in social care needs to be addressed as part of future reforms, as well as building on the importance of closer working and local approaches."

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LGA responds to NHS Providers report on State of Providers survey

"Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS, with the pandemic highlighting the incredibly valuable role of social care in its own right."