LGA comments on the latest
'Coronavirus Impact on Social Care' report
RESPONDING to the 2nd
part of the annual Association of Directors of Adult Social
Services (ADASS) budget survey, which focuses on the impact of
Coronavirus on social care budgets, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman
of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board,
said:- "Social care can play a hugely important role in
helping people to live the life they want to lead. Care services
were already under huge strain and facing severe cost pressures
even before the pandemic, which as this report demonstrates have
only been made worse. Our dedicated and committed care workforce
have risen to the unprecedented challenges caused by
Coronavirus, with their contribution rightly receiving the
widespread recognition it deserves. But we need both an
immediate and long term funding settlement to get through the
next few months and years. Councils are doing all they can to
support social care providers in their areas, but the fragility
of our care provider market, exacerbated by Coronavirus
pressures, is a serious concern and this needs to be addressed
as part of fundamental future reforms of the system. Our own
commissioned research with ADASS suggests that providers face
extra costs of £6.6 billion by the end of September, this year,
as a result of the Coronavirus emergency. We have been calling
for a sustainable funding settlement for adult social care since
long before the current crisis, and look forward to when the
cross-party talks on the future of social care and how we pay
for it can begin. This must also include critical decisions on
the workforce such as pay, recruitment and career development.
In the meantime we are working closely with the National
COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce, to make sure local
government’s experience and expertise is used to best effect in
the ongoing implementation of the Government’s adult social care
action plan to keep people safe and well."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,115 cases and the total
number now stand at 299,251, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 184 according to the Department
of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 42,153.
In England, there are a total of 157,797 confirmed cases. North
West; total of 26,859 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,668 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 964 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,350 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 761 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 412 confirmed cases.
► Blackpool, 677 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 422 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,046 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 806 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,215 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,317 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,803 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,693 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,140 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 868 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,074 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 836 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 871 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,231 confirmed cases.
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 17 June 2020