Responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement, Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:
“The Government is fiddling while Rome burns. London is facing an adult social care funding gap of £800 million over the course of this Parliament, yet these measures barely scratch the surface.
“Even if all boroughs levied the full precept, the money available for adult social care would only increase by around 1% over the next three years – at a time when London’s population of older people will rise by more than 6%.
“Diverting money raised from the New Homes Bonus to social care provides no new cash to councils and, overall, London will lose from the NHB than it gains from the from the new social care fund.
“We’ve long been warning of the crisis facing our communities’ most vulnerable people and it’s plain that these measures are woefully inadequate. Government now need to work for a cross-party consensus to find a long term solution to funding.”