London Councils has praised the sterling work of frontline staff and volunteers in supporting vulnerable Londoners during the coronavirus pandemic.
The cross-party group highlights the commitment of the 216,000 adult social care workers in London who have kept services running and the crucial contribution of charities and volunteers providing support in communities across the capital.
An estimated 130,000 Londoners have long-term care needs. The majority are aged 65 or older, but there are also many working-age Londoners with disabilities who receive support.
In the face of considerable logistical challenges, London boroughs have established community hubs to co-ordinate help for vulnerable residents, including ensuring supplies are delivered to those told to stay at home for 12 weeks.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, London Councils’ Executive Member for Health & Care, said: “The coronavirus emergency has brought out the best in many thousands of Londoners.
“Boroughs are immensely grateful for the dedication of adult social care staff, who are working around the clock to support vulnerable residents and relieve pressure on the NHS.
“During this crisis, London adult social care services have redoubled efforts to avoid delays in the transfer of care from hospitals. The sector is playing a vital role in the resilience of our NHS and will be more important than ever in the coming weeks.
“Boroughs also want to thank the charities and volunteers providing support at this difficult time. Their sterling work make such a difference to vulnerable members of our communities.”