Elderly care will force cuts to services, councils warn

Funding for care homes is forcing councils to make cuts in other places Credit: ITV News

In a letter to all three main political parties, the leaders of every major council in England and Wales have urged that "real change" in elderly care is needed to avoid local government having to cut funding to things like parks and libraries.

The letter argues that failure to reform care for the elderly will result in local councils having to divert funding to "plug the gap".

The letter was drafted by chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Merrick Cockell.

"For too long we have toyed with adult social care reform and failure to act now may be the failure that tips the system over”

“We cannot afford any further delays. We are clear that any such loss of momentum on exactly how care is funded is dangerous.”