The extract from Local Government Chronicle below show the extent of the challenge for councils whop provide Adult Social care. At the moment councils must go for a referendum if they want to raise council tax about 2% . The NHS have been strong advocates of increased funding for social care as they are currently picking up the pieces with increase A&E attendances and inpatient admissions. There are many economic challenges facing the country but the crisis in adult social care is profound and needs to be addressed.
Ministers are giving serious consideration to increasing the social care precept in a bid to alleviate growing funding pressure, LGC has learned. The measure, which could be announced in the autumn statement on 23 November, is understood to form part of discussions between the Department for Communities & Local Government and the Treasury. The existing precept, introduced in April, allows top tier councils to increase council tax by 2% above the 1.99% referendum threshold. All but eight eligible councils took up the precept this financial year