- 08 March 2013
- 5 min read
Council reps asked to gather evidence to protect the 2015 Social Care budget
The President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) echoed the urgency and importance of this work stating: ““We shouldn’t just accept falling budgets. We should make the case that you can’t continue on these lines and we have to provide the evidence for that.....The health budget has been protected, and we should be saying the same about social care.”
She went on to note that there was a risk that funding from the NHS to social services could be cut which would simply “not [be] sustainable” as 8% of funding is gained this way.
The Local Government Chronicle was told by ‘senior council figures’ that they would make a case for freezing council budgets because “they believed an increase was unlikely”. ADASS’s investigation has uncovered figures showing costs increase yearly by 3% on average due to the aging population and young adults with disabilities needing longer-term care. Quite a stark difference between properly researched stats and these reported senior council ‘beliefs’.
Allegedly, DoH officials warned senior local government figures that the Government would be looking for savings made through integration of NHS and care services, increasing care costs, curbing provider fees and focusing on reablement services to stave off the elderly entering care homes before it is fully necessary.
If you want to read the full article from the LGC, you can check it out here.