Tim Cooper, United Response CEO said:

“Today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on the local government finance settlement, did little to alleviate the national social care crisis.  In the statement, Mr Javid said that the Government “recognises the costs of delivering adult social care and has made funding available sooner."

“We welcome the reallocation of £240 million from the New Homes Bonus to create the Adult Social Care Support Grant for 2017 – 2018 as a down payment towards filling the social care funding gap. But the readjusting of percentage rates of the social care precept, and the timings of when English local authorities can increase individual council tax bills, does not generate the much needed extra funding.

“At United Response, our ultimate concern is that today’s announcement will not plug the substantial social care funding gap, which according to experts could rise to over £2.6 billion by 2020.

“The reality is that today’s announcement fails to make the step change that is needed to support disabled and older people,  many of whom are completely dependent on the state to fund their care.

“Local authorities cannot be held solely responsible for generating the funds to fill the gap in the social care budget. It is vital that the Government acts now to find a long-term funding solution that provides centralised funds to protect the most vulnerable people in our society.”