The Chancellor is under pressure from the cross-party MPs Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee to bring forward a £1.5 billion cash injection for crisis-hit social care services. The money had been earmarked for 2019/20 but the committee has joined the Local Government Association to call for new funding saying the rise in Council Tax for this year was not enough.
The LGA has previously warned that Social Care services are "on the brink of collapse" and the Conservative leader of Warwickshire County Council, Cllr Izzi Seccombe who is Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, has said “The case for new funding is more overwhelming than ever, with the services which provide care for elderly and disabled people on the brink of collapse.”
I reported that I heard Cllr. Seccombe speak on this issue recently and I was refreshed that it is no longer just Labour that are calling for action on this issue, and there now seems to be cross party support. I am becoming more and more hopeful that the Chancellor will specifically address this issue in his budget, although unless he does something radical it may well be a case of too little too late.
Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.