Annal Nayyar – Survey reveals a bleak future for social care

Social care departments face a bleak future unless additional funding is made available, according to the latest survey of budgets.

The annual survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) shows town hall bosses are planning to save another £800m over the next 12 months.

Almost two thirds (65%) of directors believe prevention and early intervention could provide significant savings opportunities, but half believe that fewer people will be able to access adult social care services in two years time.

Beach huts picture  The future looks ‘bleak’ for social care departments unless extra funding is found, warns survey.

ADASS president, Sandie Keene, said: ‘Gazing into the next two years, without additional investment from that already planned, an already bleak outlook becomes even bleaker.’

‘The stark reality is that if such vast sums of money continue to be taken out of the care system it could be in very real danger of collapse,’ said the chair of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, Cllr Zoe Patrick.

Conservative backbench MP and chair of the all-party group on local government, Heather Wheeler, has called for £2bn to be transferred from NHS budgets to local authorities to meet the rising costs of social care.

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