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Southwark Labour joins London social care leaders to warn Osbourne about dangers of further cuts to local councils

20 November 2015
Southwark’s cabinet member for adult social care, Cllr Stephanie Cryan, has joined Labour social care leads across London to warn the Chancellor George Osborne about the consequences of further cuts to Council budgets.

In a letter to the Treasury, they highlight the difficulty they face in delivering essential services and also the knock on impact on the NHS if the Government’s planned cuts to local authorities go ahead. 

The Government recently announced that funding to councils will be cut by 30 per cent over the next four years. With adult social care making up a third of Council budgets, there will inevitably be an impact on care services. In Southwark, 35% of the council’s budget is spent on adult social care.

Cllr Stephanie Cryan joined Adult and Social Care lead members from 18 other London local authorities to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, telling him: 

“A 30 per cent cut to councils over the next four years means, in all likelihood, a very significant impact on adult social care services. This puts at severe risk our ability to fund elderly residents who are supported in the community instead of occupying a hospital bed, which typically costs the public purse three times the amount.”

Examples of the services likely to be impacted in the letter include in-home care for elderly residents such as help with bathing, respite services for carers and support for young people with disabilities as they become adults.

The Councillors, who include representatives from across London, point out that the cuts to local authorities in the capital since 2010 have been greater than the national average, deepening their concern. They also say that the cuts to adult social care threaten the supposedly protected NHS, writing:

“The NHS is already experiencing an enormous amount of strain and with winter approaching, the pressure on GPs and emergency departments is already beginning to increase.

“As social care risks being stripped back to the barest of necessities, this will further undermine and increase strain on our much loved national institution. The health service will face an increased workload that only the substantial level of increases in health spending currently unavailable would be able to meet.”


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