£907m adult social care funding gap in London by 2018 predicted

The funding gap for providing adult social care in London will amount to £907m within five years, according to a new analysis by London Councils, supported by Ernst and Young.

A Case for Sustainable Funding for Adult Social Care sets out the severe financial challenges faced by London boroughs in their provision of adult social care. It highlights how councils are already taking action to narrow the funding gap by working more closely with the NHS, improving procurement and developing new ways to provide social care for older and disabled people.

However, the report warns that the combined savings from all of this would total between £240m and £735m, leaving a daunting funding gap. This calculation assumes that the Dilnot Commission recommendations are not implemented. If they were, the funding deficit would rise from £907million to around £1.5billion.

Councils in the capital currently spend a third (£2.8 billion) of their total budgets on adult social care. This spending is set to rise dramatically as the number of Londoners aged 65 and over increases by an estimated 50,000 during the next five years.

The report warns that by 2020, social care and waste collection - the main statutory responsibilities of local government – could require more than 60 per cent of all local authority funding.

London Councils will be carrying out further research to support improved planning, funding and delivery of adult social care in the capital.

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