Questions over Adult Social Care funding still remain unanswered


Questions regarding the long-term sustainable funding of crucial adult social care services here in York continue to be avoided by the Conservative Government.

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It was hoped that with the recent publication of the long-awaited NHS Long-Term Plan, the Government would also outline its proposals on the future funding arrangement of these services.  However, despite the publication of the NHS Long-Term Plan, the Government has missed the opportunity to launch its Adult Social Care Green Paper and outline concrete proposals on the future funding of our adult social care system.
 
In response, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to address these serious concerns by publishing the Adult Social Care Green Paper and giving York’s adult social care services fairer funding.
 
Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for the Health & Adult Social Care, said:
 
“I am disappointed that the Government failed to publish the Adult Social Care Green Paper and provide much needed detail on how future funding arrangements for adult social care will work.”
 
“The NHS Long-Term Plan does place important emphasis on early intervention and community based services, something that we have already been working on here in York.  However, the ambition of the Long Term Plan can only be realised if councils are properly funded.  To continue operating in the dark over such an important issue is concerning and that is why I am seeking answers to these questions.”
 
“Our adult social care services support some of the most vulnerable people in the city and it is so important that the issue of funding is addressed.  Adult social care services deserve fairer funding and the Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for a fair deal for York.”

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