LGA responds to funding for adult social care workforce

“Next week’s Spending Review will need to provide sustainable funding to help councils and providers plan with confidence over a longer-term as opposed to one-off, time-limited injections of funding."


Carer helping an old woman

Responding to government announcing a £162.5 million new workforce retention and recruitment fund for adult social care, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said

“This funding is much-needed and a positive step to help ease pressures on the existing adult social care workforce, make staffing ratios safer and tackle significant challenges with recruitment and retention, particularly as we head into what stands to be an extremely challenging winter.

“It will be vital that this funding is subject to less onerous spending restrictions than similar funding previously, with councils and providers given more freedom to use this money to help fill more than 100,000 current vacancies in the social care workforce.

“Next week’s Spending Review will need to provide sustainable funding to help councils and providers plan with confidence over a longer-term as opposed to one-off, time-limited injections of funding.

“Although this funding can be used to support overtime payments and loyalty bonuses to retain experienced staff, it will not help address the core issue of care worker pay, which needs to be urgently prioritised given pay and conditions are a key factor in recruitment and retention.”