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LGA: Social care needs a ‘1948 moment’ to secure its future

"Over the last year, social care has proven that it is not simply a set of services needed by some because of age or disability, but a vital way of ensuring all people are supported to live a full life and maintain relationships and connections, whatever their circumstances, spanning various organisations, volunteers and staff."

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LGA responds to NAO report on the adult social care market

“The Government should urgently bring forward its proposals on the future of adult social care, including a timetable for reform, as soon as possible and before the summer parliamentary recess.”

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LGA responds to Supreme Court ruling on sleep-in shifts

"Had the appeal been upheld, care providers and councils providing social care would have faced massive bills, which would have increased the huge financial pressures they are already facing."

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LGA responds to extra social care funding announcement

Extra funding support for social care has been crucial in our battle against COVID-19. This also needs to be followed by a long-term, sustainable settlement for adult social care.

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LGA responds to Age UK research on the impact of a lack of social care during the pandemic

"Councils have been doing all they can to support carers and those they care for during the crisis. Carers, both paid and unpaid, have done a phenomenal job in very challenging circumstances to keep people of all ages safe and well, with their dedication and commitment rightly acknowledged by the public and politicians alike."

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LGA responds to HCLG Committee inquiry launch into adult social care funding

“This cross-party inquiry will be another important contributor to how we can sustainably pay for social care services, which have been seriously impacted by the pandemic but also affected by decades of delayed reforms by successive governments of different political colours.”

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on procurement and supply of PPE

“Social care deserves parity of esteem with the NHS, including on future PPE supply and infection control measures. Frontline health and care workers should receive all the appropriate protective equipment they need.”

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LGA responds to increased care home testing announcement

“Social care staff have been on the frontline throughout this pandemic and rightly deserve all the protections they need to continue to doing their incredible work."

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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

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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."