LGC sums up the despair in the sector about inaction on adult social care. Its the one big cross party ask in the autumn statement and the silence was deafening.. Its going to be a long winter in social and health care - assuming of course the vital EU workers are still here to staff these services.
But even the lukewarm devolution measures exceeded the support given to local government’s number one ask from the chancellor: funding to ease the crisis in social care. There had been hope the social care precept would be extended and that better care fund money would be brought forward; neither materialised. Mr Hammond’s apparent acknowledgement of social care’s problems in his speech was shocking both in its brevity and low prioritisation: “As we look ahead to the next parliament, we will need to ensure we tackle the challenges of rising longevity and fiscal sustainability. “And so the government will review public spending priorities and other commitments for the next parliament in light of the evolving fiscal position at the next spending review