FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LGA AND ADASS RESPOND TO ADDITIONAL DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY SAFEGUARDS FUNDING
In response to the £25 million of additional funding for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards announced by Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
"We are pleased that the Government has acknowledged our calls for additional funding for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the extra money will be helpful for councils who are facing the crippling pressures of a chronically underfunded adult social care system.
“The Government has rightly recognised the hard work of local authorities to put people at the heart of decisions about their care. Referrals of people who lack capacity and have been deprived of their liberty have increased ten-fold since March last year and councils estimate the additional cost to be close to £100 million each year - four times the amount of this one-off commitment. While this remains the case, councils will continue to face difficult decisions about what services need to be cut to make up the gap between costs and funding.
“The LGA and ADASS will continue to call on the Government to fully and properly fund any new cost pressures so that councils have appropriate time and money to ensure people are protected by the safeguards. Failure to do this will have a hugely damaging impact on crucial social care services.”
ENDSCONTACT: Victoria Daly, Local Government Association Media Office, 020 7664 3333, Drew Clode, ADASS, 020 8348 5023 Mob: 07976 837755, David Pearson ADASS President 0115 977 4636