Now LGA joins clamour for funding reform

The Local Government Association has become the latest body to call for reform of the adult social care funding system ahead of the government green paper on the issue.

The LGA is likely to propose a new funding method for adult care, and will examine the case for incorporating funding from the benefits system within the care system.

It also wants to promote a public debate on the issue to inform the green paper, which is due out this year.

The launch follows that of a voluntary sector campaign on the same issue last month, run by Help the Aged, Counsel and Care and Carers UK.

Anne McDonald, programme director for community well-being at the LGA, emphasised that future funding needed to be the same for all adult service users. This follows Liberal Democrat proposals to reform the system for older people only.

She said the LGA’s proposals would be tailored to the government’s agenda of personalising care around individuals’ choices, and it would continue to work with other bodies, including the three charities that are already campaigning, to find common ground.

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