ADASS has today launched their annual budget survey. This year the survey has been completed by 95% of authorities, and represents a challenging picture for social care. In many ways there are no great surprises – despite extra money – the pressures on the system continue to grow – and year on year cuts to the social care budget now add up to an eye watering £6.3bn since 2010.
Cumulative figures from the survey show that in this year, despite an additional £1bn from government announced in the March budget, and increases made to the level of precept, an additional £824m of savings will need to be found. This is on top of overspend in 2016/17 across the country amounting to just under a quarter of a billion pounds.
These figures only serve to emphasise the urgency within which the political parties need to address the challenge of funding social care. Local funding pays for over 50% of care received, and we know from Age UK research that over £1 million people in need of care, are missing out on vital services to support them in living independently at home.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of NCF, says;
“Over the last two months, we have seen politicians of all parties highlight the necessity to address the funding of social care. The ADASS budget survey shows that existing resources are not sufficient, that demand will grow significantly over the coming years and the time to take action is now. The survey shows us that authorities recognise that reductions in budgets are causing financial difficulties for the majority of providers and impacting on quality. This is not sustainable, and the survey highlights the continuing pattern of providers handing back contracts or shutting up shop.”
“Providers, commissioners and people who use services and their families and carers need to act together to emphasise the urgency of this situation. It must not be pushed aside by the Brexit agenda – or fall into the trap of being ‘a problem for another day’. As a sector, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can get the public to plan ahead for their social care needs. This government need to make a firm commitment in today’s debate on the Queens speech to model that behaviour and provide the public and the social care sector with a clear timetable for action. “
Notes for Editors:
The National Care Forum (NCF) was established in 2003, building on more than 10 years of the Care Forum, to promote quality outcomes for people receiving care services through the not-for-profit sector.
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