LGA responds to NHS Digital report into number of social care requests

“Throughout the pandemic, councils have committed to ensuring all those in need of high quality care and support can receive it despite rising demand and cost pressure. It is testament to the skill and dedication of our care workforce during this most incredibly challenging period."


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Responding to the latest adult social care finance and activity report for England, published by NHS Digital, which shows there were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020/21, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Throughout the pandemic, councils have committed to ensuring all those in need of high quality care and support can receive it despite rising demand and cost pressure. It is testament to the skill and dedication of our care workforce during this most incredibly challenging period.

“This is the first year since these records began that more money has been spent by councils on people aged 18-64 receiving long term support, rather than those aged 65 and over, illustrating how social care provides for people of all ages, whatever their condition.

“Extra short-term funding for adult social care during COVID-19 has affected these figures, but social care was already under severe pressure prior to the outbreak.

“The Spending Review and forthcoming white paper must set out how immediate and short-term pressures in social care will be addressed, if we are to build back better and develop a care and support system fit for the future.”

Notes to Editors

NHS Digital: Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2020-21