The consultation, which is the largest ever launched by the LGA, will last for eight weeks and will shape the LGA’s demands ahead of the Budget, due in the autumn.
Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “People have a right to live the life they want to lead and high quality adult social care and support plays an essential role in this. It is also vital to society. It strengthens communities, reduces pressures on the NHS, supports around 1.5 million jobs and contributes as much as £46bn to the UK economy.
“But work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.
“It has created a deeply uncertain and worrying future outlook for people who use adult social care services now and the growing number of people who will need them in the future.”
The LGA has produced their own ‘green paper’ and would like your views on it. Things you might want to consider are -:
- should care be free at the point of delivery,
- should it be funded through taxation,
- should it be delivered by local government or should alternatives be considered,
- should the postcode lottery be ended and a national system of social care be put in place working in a similar way to which the ILF did.
You may not want to answer all of the questions in this consultation or feel they are all relevant to you but please answer those that you can and ask others to as well. Do also give examples of how the current system is failing to meet your needs either due to charging policies, refusal to provide help with specific tasks or unmet needs you have.
To complete the consultation, please read the LGA’s green paper and then submit your views via the online form, which is available at: