Potential £1.9bn shortfall in social care funding

Three leading health charities have warned of a potential £1.9 billion adult social care funding gap caused by local authority cuts and rising demand.

The Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust analysis of the state of health and social care finances, has concluded that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year. The three organisations argue that despite mounting pressures on the NHS, finding money to plug this gap is the most urgent priority. They urge the government to bring forward increases in social care funding planned for later in the parliament through the Better Care Fund to next year, warning that without this, thousands more older and disabled people will be denied access to the care they need, with severe consequences for the NHS.