Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans says a long-term solution is needed
Plymouth City Council is calling for a long-term solution that is urgently needed to support older and vulnerable adults.
Council leader Tudor Evans has told ministers that Government funding is not enough, with costs 7.8% higher this year.
Councillor Evans' comments are in response to a letter sent by Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
They wrote to all councils providing social care asking for assurance "that service capacity, across the number of home care packages, hours of home care and care home placements that are available locally during this winter period to support prompt patient discharge, will be at least the level provided during winter 2018/19."
The letter was sent out on the 27 December 2019 asking for a response by the 6 January 2020.
Mr Evans explained that there are a number of different issues - including the very tight deadline during the Christmas holidays given to councils to respond - but ultimately that this is about ensuring discharges from hospitals are not delayed to a shortage of home care or care home places.
Despite these challenges, Mr Evans says they continue to support the needs of vulnerable and older adults in a variety of settings, including discharges from hospitals.
Listen to Councillor Tudor Evans tell Radio Plymouth what funding is needed and what Plymouth City Council are doing to help: