Social care funding issues dominated the general election but it isn’t just older people who need helpDebate about social care dominated the general election and proposals for a green paper on funding were included in the Queen’s speech. The government’s supporting commentary stated, however, that it would work to address the challenges of social care for “our ageing population” and the “increasing numbers of over-75s”. The Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that children’s services face a £2bn funding gap by 2020. Why is the government ignoring the funding crisis facing children’s social care? Together for Short Lives provides support for around 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across the country. These are some of the most vulnerable children in society, with voices that are too often not heard or ignored. They and their families rely heavily on social care. Related: Can party politics be set aside to save social care? | Paul Burstow Ministers must extend the planned consultation on social care funding to include services for children and young people Related: Forget money – we need to rethink what social care should look like Continue reading…

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