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Councillor Damian White calls for adult social care funding increase

Damian White has called for increased funding in adult social care.

The leader of Havering Council has called for adult social care funding to be increased to match NHS investment.

Damian White says the sector has supported vulnerable Londoners through the Covid-19 pandemic and helped relieve pressure on hospitals.

London boroughs are arguing that increased funding on par with NHS, will ensure the effectiveness of all parts of the health and care system in the face of future pressures.

Research by London Councils shows that had adult social care spending risen in line with NHS spending since 2010, an additional £800 million would be available to spend on the sector across the capital in 2020-21.

Prior to the pandemic, London’s adult social care sector already faced a funding shortfall of £130 million this year, which could expand to £600 million by 2025 unless investment is increased to meet rising demand for care services.

It’s anticipated the pandemic will cause London boroughs to spend around £350 million extra on the sector in 2020/21, due to additional costs on PPE and staffing resources.

This is almost one third of their anticipated additional spending.

Alongside other boroughs, Damian is urging ministers to use the government’s upcoming Spending Review, due tomorrow, to address financial pressures.

London Councils’ Executive Member for Health & Care, Cllr Damian White said: “Adult social care services have proved themselves essential in supporting so many vulnerable Londoners through the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We also know that adult social care plays a crucial role in keeping people out of hospital and relieving pressure on NHS services.

“The sector is an invaluable part of our health and care system – and that’s why it needs the same funding increases as the NHS.

“Providing assured, long-term investment in both health and social care is the best way of sustaining services and making sure Londoners receive the support they need in future years.”

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