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Director resigns over lack of social care funding

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Liverpool City Council’s director of adult services and health has resigned citing concerns over the long term sustainability of social care provision.

Samih Kalakeche, who is the council’s longest serving director having joined in 2010, will step down in April.

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council confirmed to LGC that Mr Kalakeche’s concern over funding for adult social care was a significant factor in his decision and that he now plans to travel and take on volunteering roles.

In an interview published yesterday in the Guardian, Mr Kalacheche said he feared many councils would soon not be able to meet their statutory duties under the current funding arrangements, with social services surviving for two years at the “absolute maximum”.

He added: “People are struggling, people are suffering, and we’re really only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”

The city’s mayor Joe Anderson (Lab) previously proposed raising council tax by 10% this year, with 6% ringfenced for social care, but abandoned the plan following a public consultation.

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