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07.06.16

Adult social care inquiry launched by CLG committee

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has launched an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority social care.

The inquiry will look at the quality and financial sustainability of care, including the impact of the 2015 Spending Review and Local Government Finance Settlement, including the 2% council tax precept, the Better Care Fund, and the National Living Wage.

The Local Government Association (LGA), has previously warned that these pressures are leaving adult social care funding “at breaking point”.

Clive Betts MP, chair of the committee, said: “Adult social care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets.

“Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.”

The inquiry will also look at the support local authorities provide to carers, the effect of commissioning practices on local social care markets, and the use of digital technology in delivering care.

The inquiry is open to written evidence until 19 August. To submit evidence, click here.

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