Across the country local government is facing a funding crisis. As councils up and down Britain do their utmost to support the most vulnerable in society who depend upon local services, they are met with budget cuts at every turn.
The funding crisis could not be clearer when it comes to adult social care. You can understand why the Tories don't want you to see these figures - they are shameful.
The Local Government Association estimates a £2.6 billion gap in funding for adult social care by 2020.
In Birmingham we’ve seen a staggering 32 per cent fall in staff levels in the sector due to the squeeze on budgets.
With an ageing population there are concerns that the situation is becoming untenable. Families are concerned for their elderly relatives who depend on social care. Those reaching retirement worry for their own future in a system on the brink of collapse.
Labour has pledged to work with MPs, other councils and NHS partners to highlight the crisis and lobby government to produce a credible funding plan.