I met with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss the crisis in social care. I was able to listen to stories from those whose families had been affected by the austerity-led Government. Since 2010, local authorities have experienced a 49.1% real terms reduction in the core grant they receive from central government, which equates to a 28.6% real-terms reduction in their spending power. As the largest area of discretionary spend, adult social care budgets have contributed to the savings local authorities have been required to make. Real terms expenditure on adult social care has fallen by 5.8% and a further £1.3 billion will be cut in 2019-20. This is despite demand for the service rising.
Labour have pledged to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution to local government and an extra £8 billion specifically to tackle the immediate financial gap that currently exists in social care. Of this money, £2.8 billion will be allocated to provide an additional 160,000 packages of support every year to allow people to continue to live in their own homes, including 50,000 packages for people with dementia.