I have united with Labour social care leads across London to warn the Chancellor George Osborne about the consequences of further cuts to Council budgets. In a joint letter to the Treasury, we have highlighted the difficulty Councils face in delivering essential services and also the knock on impact on the NHS if the Government’s planned cuts to local authorities go ahead.
The Government recently announced that funding to councils will be cut by 30 per cent over the next four years. With adult social care making up a third of Council budgets, there will inevitably be an impact on care services.
Adult Social Care lead members from London local authorities have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, telling him:
“A 30 per cent to councils over the next four years means, in all likelihood, a very significant impact on adult social care services. This puts at severe risk our ability to fund elderly residents who are supported in the community instead of occupying a hospital bed, which typically costs the public purse three times the amount.”
Examples of the services likely to be impacted in the letter include: In-home care for elderly residents such as help with bathing, respite services for carers and support for young people with disabilities as they become adults.
We also point out that the cuts to local authorities in the capital since 2010 have been greater than the national average, deepening our concern.
We also highlight the fact that cuts to adult social care threaten the supposedly protected NHS:
“The NHS is already experiencing an enormous amount of strain and with winter approaching, the pressure on GPs and emergency departments is already beginning to increase.
“As social care risks being stripped back to the barest of necessities, this will further undermine and increase strain on our much loved national institution.
“The health service will face an increased workload that only the substantial level of increases in health spending currently unavailable would be able to meet.”
The full list of signatories is:
Cllr Angie Bean London Borough of Waltham Forest
Cllr Chris Best London Borough of Lewisham
Cllr Janet Burgess London Borough of Islington
Cllr Alev Cazimoglu London Borough of Enfield
Cllr Stephanie Cryan London Borough of Southwark
Cllr David Gardner Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cllr Sally Gimson London Borough of Camden
Cllr Krupesh Hirani London Borough of Brent
Cllr Kamaljit Kaur London Borough of Hounslow
Cllr Vivienne Lukey London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Cllr Caroline Cooper-Marbiah London Borough of Merton
Cllr Jonathan McShane London Borough of Hackney
Cllr Mark Santos London Borough of Redbridge
Cllr Hitesh Tailor London Borough of Ealing
Cllr Jackie Meldrum London Borough of Lambeth
Cllr Anne Whitehead London Borough of Harrow
Cllr Amy Whitelock-Gibbs London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Cllr Louisa Woodley London Borough of Croydon
Cllr Maureen Worby London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
You can read the full letter here LINK