Social Care

SIGOMA chair welcomes rumoured delay in adult social care reforms

Posted on October 26, 2022

Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, Chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA), said:

We would welcome a delay as the reforms weren’t fully funded and were putting pressure on already stretched budgets. However, this can’t be a delay for the sake of it. Before the implementation of the reforms the government must ensure sufficient resource is put into the sector – including closing the huge existing funding gap which has been significantly exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and current inflationary pressure. This must be funded with an increase in grant funding – not via the social care precept which raises funding unevenly across the country, in a way unrelated to need.

Read our comments in the Municipal Journal here.