Funding gap of over £907 million for social care by 2017
Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Mayor Jules Pipe, Chair of London Councils, said:
“There are a number of areas set out in today’s Queen’s Speech which will affect London’s boroughs and its residents.
“We welcome the Care Bill and the creation of a coherent legislative framework for adult social care which, for the first time in decades, focuses on prevention and puts supporting individuals at the heart of the system. London boroughs are keen to take on the new leadership role in working with delivery partners and integrating health and care services.
“However, we are concerned that the financial implications of the proposed legislation have not been fully-costed. This is particularly concerning, given the wider financial pressures facing adult services as result of the combination of reduced funding and the growing pressures of an ageing population.
“Boroughs are working hard to create efficiencies within social care services, but earlier this year, we calculated that London boroughs will face a funding gap of £907 million by 2017 to fund their social care obligations. The government needs to ensure its plans are fully-costed and that councils are not left short-changed by any reforms.
“The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill proposes new powers and tools for tackling anti-social behaviour, and could result in simplifying the system. Anti-social behaviour is a key concern for Londoners and the capital has a reputation for innovative practice in tackling this type of crime, which involves investing more resources and uses more powers than any other region. Councils, in partnership with other agencies, are at the forefront of tackling anti-social behaviour.
“However, we are concerned that the Bill may hinder partnership working. In our view, the focus of the proposed legislation is too police-led and does not recognise the vital role that councils play in crime prevention.”
May 9, 2013