by markjewell on 16 May, 2011
Liberal Democrats on Lancashire County Council have written to the Health Minister expressing their concerns at a BBC survey suggesting a North-South divide for Adult Social Care.
The survey was published on 12 May and looked at the planned expenditure of Councils in England. It suggests that Adult social care funding will fall by an estimated 4.7% (£3.4bn) in the North whilst rising by 2.7%(£3.33bn) in the South.
Leader of the LibDems on LCC, CC Bill Winlow said, “We have to be careful to compare like with like here. The facts are that the coalition government is putting an extra £2bn into social care by 2014 to encourage the NHS and adult social care to work together and protect the most vulnerable in society. We ask the Health Minister for interim government funding for vulnerable people in those authorities with demonstrable financial difficulties in the area of adult social care.”
County Councillor Margaret Brindle said, “It is crucial to ensure that society’s most vulnerable people receive the best possible care to which they are entitled, irrespective of whether they live in the north or south of the country. The extra £2bn funding made available by the Coalition Government should be allocated fairly and equally to protect those who are the most vulnerable due to poor health, disability, or age. The NHS and Adult Social Care, working together, need to utilise any available extra funding to ensure the best possible service is provided based on need, particularly in areas which have high levels of deprivation, and Councils need to consider the possibility of increased funding for Adult Social Care within their budget expenditure wherever possible. The system needs to be fair and needs to be seen as fair.”
County Councillor Mark Jewell added, “At the annual budget setting meeting for LCC the LibDems proposed additional funds to better protect Adult Services. This was not supported by the Conservative run Council or Labour who failed to offer any alternative budget. The BBC survey is skewed by each authorities spending priorities, because the additional funds are not ringfenced. Nonetheless, it would not be acceptable if the South is seen to be getting a better deal than Northern regions. We want this to be addressed within the report from an independent commission on adult care and support, to be published in July.”
BBC News England’s North South adult social care divide