People in Wigan spent tens of millions of pounds on adult social care last year
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Spending for adult social care has rocketed across England, but health think tank the Nuffield Trust warned patchy data means the amount paid privately is likely underestimated.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced a further £4.7bn in funding for adult social care up to 2024-25 in last year's autumn budget, but the Local Government Association wrote to him ahead of this year's budget calling for "substantial new investment to help tackle unmet and under-met" needs.
In total, Wigan council spent £167m providing services last year.
It can offset the amount it spends on providing care through various income and funding streams, such as investment from the NHS and contributions from patients.
Last year, it received £57.8m. It means the council's net spend on providing adult social care sat at £109m – up from £106m in 2021-22.
The LGA wrote to Mr Hunt last week, urging him to provide further funding for councils to deliver adult social care services. It said last year's investment "will do little more than allow councils to stand still".
Coun David Fothergill, chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "Councils have increased their spending on adult social care, but evidence shows that there is still an unacceptable amount of unmet and under-met need.
"Councils are facing increased demand for services and unprecedented inflationary and pay pressures, and urgent action must be taken to address these issues."
Further NHS Digital figures show 2.2 per cent of people were extremely or very dissatisfied with the level of care they received last year – one of the highest proportions in the country.
Meanwhile, 58.6 per cent were extremely or very satisfied with their care.
Natasha Curry, deputy director of policy at the Nuffield Trust, said: "Means testing thresholds haven't changed since 2010, so fewer people qualify for public funding, and those who pay for their own care are finding it to be more expensive due to inflation.