'Urgent action' needed to avert a social care crisis in London

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Overwhelming pressures facing adult social care services in London have led London Councils, the London Association of Director of Adult Social Services (London ADASS) and the Society of London Treasurers to speak out.

They have written a joint letter to the Treasury highlighting their concerns and urging firm commitments to address them in the forthcoming Autumn Statement.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE, London Councils’ Executive member for adult social care, said:

“Urgent action is needed to avert a social care crisis in London. Boroughs have made efficiency savings topping £450 million in this area over recent years but – unless action is taken – we face a cumulative funding shortfall in adult social care of at least £800 million.

“At the same time, the capital is experiencing double the rate of population growth compared to England as a whole. This will result in further strain on adult social care services as the numbers of older people and those with complex needs sees a corresponding rise.

“On top of this, the care market is becoming increasingly fragile. A recent survey of 24 boroughs revealed that a home care service, residential home or nursing home had closed in each of their areas during the last six months, affecting over 1,000 vulnerable people.

“We are calling on government to seize the opportunity presented by the forthcoming Autumn Statement to help councils and NHS organisations in London transform the health and care system for the better. Bringing forward planned Better Care Fund allocations for 2018/19 to 2017/18 and continuing support for integration and devolution would offer a way forward for hard-pressed adult social care services.”