Failure to reform care for the elderly could force the closure of parks, libraries and public toilets as resources are diverted to "plug the gap" in care funding, the leaders of every major council in England and Wales have warned.
In a letter to the leaders of all three main political parties, local government bosses have urged politicians to commit to reforming funding, saying any loss of momentum would be "dangerous".
The letter, written by Sir Merrick Cockell, the chairman of the Local Government Association, which speaks for almost 400 councils in England and Wales, warns lack of action would exacerbate problems of an "already over-stretched" care system and would have a knock-on effect to other services.
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