Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ first annual report on local government finance, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Tim Farron said:
“The crisis in social care has been clear for some time but today’s report shows the extent that it is impacting all other areas of local government.
“The Conservatives, incapable of focusing on anything else but Brexit, have ignored the crisis in social care whilst simultaneously cutting local government funding.
"Not only are our elderly and most vulnerable people missing out on vital care, with family members having to give up their jobs to fill the gaps in the system, but cuts to local government are having a detrimental impact on our environment, transport, housing and many other local services.
“Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by ending the continual erosion of local government funding and commit to a real increase in local government funding throughout the Parliament. We will also urgently invest in social care by putting a penny on income tax as well as investing the Remain Bonus from stopping Brexit in public services.”