Responding to the Queen’s Speech, NLGN Director, Simon Parker, said:
“The country is storing up a crisis in the social care system. This is the single biggest cost that local authorities face and demand is rising rapidly. If the government cannot find a way to contain the costs of elderly care, the short term impact will be to suck money out of critical local services such as roads, street cleaning and community support. In the long term, there is a clear risk of bankrupting local government finances. This issue cannot wait: we need a cross-party consensus as soon as possible.”
NLGN is disappointed that government has side stepped the issue of social care funding in the Queen’s Speech. It urges political leaders to take stock of the pressing need for a solution and encourages a cross party approach.