We have just sent in a response to the Local Government Association (LGA) Green Paper on Adult Social Care. The LGA says ‘We are the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government’. They represent 415 local authorities across England and Wales. They issued their Green Paper to influence the government’s Green Paper (which is in the pipeline), the government’s spending plans, and to put forward their own aims including to alleviate pressure on the NHS. The LGA are expected to report in the autumn.
WinVisible criticises the LGA for focusing on increasing personal taxation or cutting universal concessions to pensioners in order to fund social care, when there is plenty of money unpaid by corporations and the super-rich, spent on Trident nuclear submarines (£205 billion) and other projects. Their paper also glosses over Councils’ own responsibility for charging and cutting services, with the notable exception of Hammersmith & Fulham which abolished homecare charges. We aim to give a picture of the current problems and the support we need.
Read our response here