Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on Londoners. By 3 September, more than 40,000 people in London had contracted the disease and 8 of the 10 local authorities in England with the highest rates of excess deaths were in London. There is much the government can do to support us to rebuild our communities and local services, including:
Support for health and social care
- Urgently providing a long-term sustainable plan for the funding of social care.
- Immediate funding to alleviate both the additional Covid-19 costs and the underlying £130 million shortfall from demographic pressures.
- Restoring Public Health Grant to 2015/16 levels in real terms and targeting it where it is most needed.
- Medium-term funding allocations in adult social care and public health that mirror the NHS.
- Further health and care devolution in London, building on the unprecedented collaborative working seen during the pandemic.
Investing in children’s services
- £300 million to meet the annual shortfall in children’s social care.
- Increased rates of Home Office grant for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) and former UASC care leavers.
- Sufficient high needs funding for authorities with deficits to deliver realistic recovery plans.
- Further support for schools to stay open safely, and a commitment not to reduce funding where school rolls fall temporarily as a result of Covid-19.
Tackling London’s homelessness crisis
- Immediate support to cover the funding gap caused by Covid-19.
- Long-term funding settlements to help us end street homelessness.
- Enable us to provide sufficient homes at social rent levels to prevent homelessness.
- Suspend the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) condition for at least 12 months to enable households with NRPF to access a wider range of benefits during the pandemic.
- Direct funding for people with NRPF after the pandemic.