Responding to a report by Care England on the funding of independent care homes compared to those operated by local authorities, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“People of all ages should be able to live the lives they want to lead and councils are committed to doing all they can to make this happen.
“The provider market is an essential part of the care and support system and councils work closely with local care providers to ensure a good quality market of services. However, given the serious funding and demand pressures facing adult social care there is a known gap between what providers say they need and what councils pay.
“The forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address this crucial issue of funding while looking ahead to finding a longer-term, cross-party solution to adult social care, which the Government has committed to achieving and which we at the LGA are happy to play our part in.
“Part of this solution needs to consider how best to address the recognised need for greater fairness in how care is paid for and funded.”