Responding to analysis by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service (ADASS) which shows that social care has saved the NHS almost £60 million in the past year, Cllr James Jamieson, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
“Councils have reduced the average number of delayed transfers of care days attributed to social care since June 2017 by 40 per cent, despite significant budget reductions.
“To help councils build on this work and help reduce pressures on the NHS, adult social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the health service.
“Like the 70th birthday funding for the NHS, a similar urgent rescue package is needed for social care and prevention services to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent most effectively to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place.
“The LGA has launched its own adult social care green paper to kick-start a desperately-needed debate following the delay of the Government’s green paper. To help tackle this, the Government needs to address immediate pressures and plug the funding gap facing adult social care which is set to exceed £3.5 billion by 2025, just to maintain existing standards of