Commenting on the announcement in the Budget over social care funding, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader, said:
“There is still a funding gap of £1 billion next year for adult social care. It shows that Liberal Democrats across the country are right to keep campaigning on the issue.
“But this U-turn by the government shows a belated recognition of how wrong they were not to announce any extra funding last month as part of the local government finance settlement. We must remember that the extra money is spread over three years – and still leaves a funding gap by 2020.
“With local government facing an overall funding gap of £5.8 billion by 2020, all councils will need to make continued cutbacks to local services, including social care, over the next few years. Short-term pressures remain and the challenge of finding a long-term solution to the social care crisis is far from over.”
Responses from the LGA and a full briefing will be available later this evening at: www.local.gov.uk/budget-2017