ADASS Budget Survey
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Councils in England are facing a £1.1bn shortfall this year, on top of "almost unendurable" cuts since 2010, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has warned.
Freezing care provider fees to save money was no long sustainable, it said.
Ministers say extra money will help NHS and social care services work together.
The survey, which was completed by 147 directors of adult social services for councils in England, suggests that funding reductions to social care budgets have totalled £4.6bn since 2010 - a 31% overall reduction.
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“The most vulnerable people in the country are being placed in jeopardy by a further £1.1 billion cut in social care.”
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“Year on year cuts to English local council budgets may jeopardise their ability to meet their legal obligations to vulnerable and disabled people, social services chiefs have said.”
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Guardian Online (1)
“Social care faces a further £1bn of cuts this year, which will lead to fewer people getting care, a survey of directors has found. But almost half of those surveyed say that the cuts carried out over the last five years have had little or no impact on services.
That was the surprising contrast that emerged from the annual budget survey of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass).“
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“More than £1bn will be cut from social care services for older and disabled people in England over the next year, leaving tens of thousands facing reduced help with basic tasks such as washing, dressing and eating, council care bosses have said.
“Despite rising demand driven by an ageing population, fewer people will qualify for state-funded care while those who continue to receive a service may have to accept lower levels of support and a worse quality of life, they said in a report.”
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Health funding increases 'absurd' while care struggles
“Adult care directors have branded the government’s generosity to the National Health Service “absurd” while their sector faces deep cuts.”
Fears over social care ‘collapse’
A former care minister has warned there isn’t enough money ‘down the back of the integration sofa’ to plug the social care funding gap as council bosses issue an urgent plea for the Government to protect services.
“Published today (4 June), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ (ADASS) annual budget survey reveals growing fears among town hall bosses that councils are running out of efficiency savings, which have so far protected frontline services.”
Social workers forced to cut care packages as £1bn wiped off social care budgets
Adass calls for 'sustained and substantial' funding settlement for social care as fears over stability of care market grow
“Social workers will have to cut the cost of service users’ care packages as councils reduce social care budgets by £1.1bn this year, according to research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
“The reduction brings the total spending cuts, including inflation and demographic pressures, to £4.6bn since 2011. The total cut is equivalent to almost a third (31%) of the £14.6bn spent on adult social care by councils in 2010-11.”
Social care funding cut by a third since 2010, ADASS survey finds
“Local authority funding for social care services fell by nearly one-third over the last parliament, an analysis by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has found.
“The association’s annual budget survey revealed that local government social care funding will fall to £13.3bn in 2015/16, a reduction of £500m in cash terms compared from 2014/15, but a £1.1bn real terms cut once growth in demand was taken into account.”
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“A regional social care leader has warned of huge problems ahead in the care of older and vulnerable adults after a dire warning of spending cuts to come. This week ADASS, which represents local authority social services across the country, warned that a further £1.1bn was to be cut from council budgets…”
ADASS Budget Survey And A Warning About Deepening Cuts
A call to government to protect essential care and support services to the most vulnerable members of our community.
More people are living longer with more complex needs that require vital care, support and protection from adult social care in councils. But this year (2015/16) councils are running out of ‘efficiencies’ and will make service reductions of £420 million to people needing that care and support and their carers.
ADASS issue urgent warning over social care cuts
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Additional funds are urgently needed to protect older and vulnerable people in the face of £1.1 billion budget cuts to adult social services, a report has warned.
This follows "almost unendurable" cutbacks in the past four years and in real terms could mean people receiving fewer hours of vital home care or less funding for residential care, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said.
It warned that some councils have made many of their savings in the past by freezing fees paid to providers, with some £32 million of efficiencies expected to be found through this route in 2016 alone.
National deafblind charity Sense
has today responded to the Association of Directors of Adult Social
Services' (ADASS) annual budget survey.
The report clearly states that without sustained and substantial additional
funds, the current capacity for adult social care services will soon be
Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive, at Sense said, “The ADASS survey reveals that local authority budgets are under severe pressure from government spending cuts and increasing demand for services. This year, 2015/2016 councils are running out of 'efficiencies' and will make service reductions of £420 million to people needing vital care and support.
Responding to the ADASS Survey of Adult Social Care Budgets, Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England the largest representative body for independent care providers, said:
‘The ADASS Survey clearly shows that there is a crisis in the funding of Social Care and that local authority budgets are not keeping pace with increasing need. Care providers are struggling to sustain their services because very few authorities are funding the real costs of care. The Government's commitment to protecting the NHS will be worthless, without a proper funding settlement for Social Care’.
THE KING’S FUND Richard Humphries
Responding to this year’s ADASS budget survey, Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy at The King’s Fund said:
‘This survey once again highlights the mounting pressures on social care budgets. There is no hiding the fact that, despite the best efforts of local authorities, a sixth consecutive year of budget cuts will mean further reductions in services and fewer people receiving support. It defies demography that councils will spend £1 billion less this year on essential services that more of us will need.
THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
In response to the ADASS budget survey 2015, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“This helpful report highlights the enormous pressures facing adult social care and emphasises the urgent need for adult social care funding to be put on a sustainable footing or care and support for the elderly and disabled will be at risk.
“Local authorities have sought to protect services for our most vulnerable people as far as possible, often at the expense of other services, and will continue to prioritise those most in need. However, the necessity for further budget savings worth £1.1 billion combined with other pressures of insufficient funding, growing demand and escalating costs mean that despite councils’ best efforts they are having to make tough decisions about the care services they can provide. This cannot continue.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:
"The idea of a billion pounds coming out of social care
budgets this year is chilling, given how patchy care quality already is. ADASS
is not known for hyperbole so when they say further cuts would jeopardise the
safety and wellbeing of vulnerable older people we should take that warning
"The service is already pared to the bone with hundreds of thousands of older people with a social care need unable to get any help. We are also hearing of growing numbers of care workers voting with their feet and taking better paid jobs in supermarkets, leading to staff shortages.
"Unless Government acts to restore stability to social care funding there is now a real risk that provision could collapse in some places. That would be disastrous for older people and their families and pile further stress on our already hard pressed NHS."
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
This survey ignores the government’s commitment to put an additional £10bn by 2020 into health services that are being joined up with social care for the first time, and the contribution of our Better Care Fund which is already focusing resources on helping people to live independently and improving care closer to home – worth £5.3billion this year alone.
“We know some councils have managed to make efficiencies at the same time as increasing social care spending — but increasing budgets isn’t the only solution. By working innovatively and joining up health and social care we can improve care — and also save money.”
This worrying survey shows how the frail and elderly in our society are being hit by year-on-year cutbacks to council services. Over 360,000 fewer older people receive care services from councils than they did a few years ago – those who struggle with basic tasks such as washing, dressing and eating. Yet the government appears unable or unwilling to grasp the reality of cuts to social care, act to prevent them or recognise their impact on the NHS. The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has refused to rule out further cuts to adult social care in this parliament. It’s vital now more than ever that we have an honest debate about the true costs of providing social care, not just healthcare.”
Freezing fees to care providers is directly causing the slow motion collapse of the care sector and somebody’s mum or dad or granny - our elderly and vulnerable – are the biggest victims.
The care sector needs an increase in fees and funding now and it needs it now. If an increase in fees doesn’t come then we warn that more Southern Cross style collapses are on the cards.”