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Government 'is listening' to adult social care concerns

Health secretary Matt Hancock and Somerset County Council leader David Fothergill

The Government's been asked for more money to help fund the rising cost of Somerset's adult social care.

Council leader David Fothergill has met health secretary Matt Hancock to discuss concerns.

Mr Fothergill says action is needed quickly

He said "It is being talked about in Westminster, there's been a groundswell of public discussion and the debate about 'what next' for social care has been kick-started. 

"That is an achievement in itself, but the harder task is to turn talk and discussion into action”.

"In 20 years, 24 per cent of England’s population will be aged 65 or over, in Somerset it will be 32 per cent. 

"By 2035, 12 per cent of England’s population with be aged 65 or over and living with a long-term illness, in Somerset it will be 15 per cent.

"Every day around £605,500 is spent on social care in Somerset. 

"Figures recently published by the County Councils Network estimate that by 2024/25 councils will need to be spending an extra £6.1bn every year on Adult Social Care, compared to 2015/16."

Click play to hear council leader David Fothergill speaking to reporter Tom Owen

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