Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual assessment of the quality of health and social care in England, State of Care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“It is encouraging that the vast majority of adult social care services were rated good, and that services have improved on last year, which is a massive achievement given the unprecedented pressures across the system.
“Social care faces a perfect storm, and the CQC report is yet another timely warning from a key part of the sector, of the need to resolve the short and long-term future of care as an urgent priority.
“It was pleasing to see that social care was such a prominent issue during the election campaign, and that the vast majority of MPs agree there needs to be a cross-party solution.
“The pre-election momentum must be maintained, and it is imperative that the Government urgently brings forward its consultation on how it will tackle the social care funding crisis.
“Everything must be on the table when it comes to discussing how we pay for the care people need, and who contributes.
“We have warned that despite the helpful one-off funding of £2 billion announced in the Spring Budget, social care faces an annual funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020. Government must use the forthcoming Autumn Budget to set out how it plans to address this.”