“Elderly and vulnerable people should receive care in the community, not in a ward. For this reason it is essential they get the right level of support to return home where it is safe to do so, and remain there for as long as possible.
“Across the country nearly six out of 10 people in hospital are unable to leave because they require further NHS services, with a third awaiting support from council social care.
“It is therefore unfair and unhelpful for councils to be singled out for criticism when the majority of delays are down to the NHS.
“With social care facing a funding gap of £2.6 billion by 2020, it is vital that the Government properly funds social care if we are to get people out of hospital and safely into the community. Without this, the NHS will continue to suffer.
“Council tax raising powers announced by government will not bring in enough money to fully protect the services which care for elderly and vulnerable people today and in the future.
“Genuinely new government money is now the only way to protect the services caring for our elderly and disabled people and ensure they can enjoy dignified, healthy and independent lives, live in their own community and stay out of hospital for longer.
“If no new money is urgently announced, then government needs to be honest and upfront with the public about the limitations of the care and support we can provide, and the fact that as a society we will no longer be able to meet the ambitions and objectives of the Care Act.
“We are also calling for local government leaders to play a central part in the Government’s review of health and care, which must prioritise adult social care in its own right and deliver a long-term, sustainable solution to the social care crisis that the most vulnerable people in our society deserve.”