Why is this so important now?
Local elections in the United Kingdom are due to be held on 6th May 2021 for English local councils. There are also elections in the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland and Wales.
A once in 4+ year opportunity
Raise the profile and importance of social care. Local authorities pay for 2⁄3 of social care with 1⁄3 being privately paid*. Councillors have competing priorities for the tight budgets provided to them by Central Government
Let councillors know YOU CARE
Prioritising funding for social care matters to you and will be a factor in how you vote on May 6th
Ask candidates IF THEY CARE
Use the email assistant below to find and contact your candidates about their position on social care
A collection of videos describing what social care is and how it is funded by local authorities - https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/what-is-social-care
*Spending on adult social care is decided, individually, by 152 local authorities. There is no national social care budget, though the amount available to spend locally is affected by national government decisions on the formula underpinning local government finance (https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/social-care-360/expenditure)
Local authority spending on publicly funded social care is primarily funded by council tax, business rates and central government grants. Local authorities influence care worker pay through the price they pay when commissioning care. Funding for social care in England has fallen ~2% in real terms since 2009/10 (https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publication/performance-tracker-2019/adult-social-care).
NHS services and nurses pay are primarily funded and set directly from Central Government through general taxation and have risen ~3% in real terms since 2009/10 (https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/nhs-budget)