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Survey: Most MPs back additional funding for social care

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The majority of parliamentarians believe that additional funding must be found for adult social care, a survey commissioned by the Local Government Association has found.

Of 150 MPs interviewed between 4 June and 11 July, 84% said that funding should increase to meet an estimated £3.5bn funding gap by 2025, according to LGA forecasts.

Izzi Seccombe (Con), chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “Councils, care workers, health professionals and now even MPs and peers agree that social care funding to councils must be increased.

“Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.

“The government cannot duck this issue any longer. It must make genuinely new resources available urgently to plug the short-term funding gap of £3.5 billion as well as set out its plans to secure the longer-term future.”

Another recent survey by the LGA found that 96% of council respondents believe there to be a major funding problem within adult social care, while 89% said that national taxation must be used to help pressure.

The LGA launched an eight-week national consultation on social care funding at the end of July, following a delay by the government in publishing its adult social care green paper.

Possible solutions put forward in the consultation include increasing income tax, increasing national insurance, and the introduction of a social care premium.

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