Thursday 14th February 2013

Commenting on today's King's Fund report on adult social care budgets, ADASS President Sarah Pickup said: These findings confirm the warning alarms that Directors of Adult Social Services have been sounding for some while now.

Adult social services have made some £2 billion worth of savings during the past two years at a time when we have faced growing numbers of older people needing what are very often more complicated packages of care. It is unlikely that reductions in actual, front line services can be avoided in many local authorities in the coming years.

We acknowledge some help from Government in terms of transfers of NHS funds. But that has not been enough to stop us anticipating further cuts in government grant to local authorities for 2014/15. Nor will adult social care be immune to the need for further spending reductions between now and then.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, President, ADASS 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

* ADASS is due shortly to distribute its 2013 survey of social care budgets which will be made available to the DH Treasury for CSR purposes.

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf.

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here.