Wednesday 7 February 2018 / 5:40 PM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government / Social Care

Social care services facing a £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020 – Andrew Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on the local government funding figures reported today, said:

“We all know that the Government’s announcement on social care yesterday was solely about trying to prevent a rebellion on the backbenches and will still mean a cut of £177 million.

“Councils are doing all they can to help people live independently in their communities and reduce demand on hospitals – but with unprecedented funding cuts since 2010 and social care services facing a £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020, this is becoming increasingly difficult.

“The Government has failed our communities by failing to provide the funds urgently needed for vulnerable children and adult social care. We need to elect as many Labour councillors as possible on 3 May to stand up to the Conservatives’ cuts.”