Who will foot the bill to raise pay for care workers? – The Guardian

David Brindle writes: A survey by the UKHCA found the average rate across the UK was £13.66 an hour, with Liverpool and neighbouring Knowsley councils paying less than £11. “Ultimately, the care market will become commercially unsustainable,” the association warns, a conclusion that some operators have already reached. The Saga group, for instance, is seeking to sell its Allied Healthcare business, one of the biggest homecare providers, having bought it only as recently as 2011.

For its part, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) says that paying the UKHCA’s £15.74 would cost an extra £342m a year in England, “which would require us to make very serious further cuts in parts of the adult social care service”. Although money could be switched from other budgets or raised through council tax – they have a point.


Social care system ‘unsustainable’ without protected funding, directors warn – Community Care

Andy McNicoll writes: Parts of England’s adult social care system will be ‘unsustainable’ unless the next government commits to providing protected funding in the next parliament, social services leaders have warned.

 

Adults face having to pay for own social care, experts warn – The Guardian

David Brindle writes: Most elderly and disabled people with care needs face paying for their own support by the end of the next parliament unless the Government changes tack on spending priorities, social service leaders are warning. Sustaining state-funded adult social care services in some parts of England could become “almost impossible” unless funding is protected and aligned with NHS budgets, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass). The warnings came after it emerged the Department of Health is predicting a funding gap of up to £7 billion a year in adult social care by the end of the decade. Adass and the LGA, representing councils, have been warning of a £4.3 billion funding gap in funding by 2020.

 

Social care could be unsustainable by next year - Local Government Chronicle

Sarah Calkin writes: Health and wellbeing boards should be given the power to sign off local budgets for both social care and NHS services in the face of growing financial pressure, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has said.

 

Adult social care services are heading to a ‘difficult place’ unless urgent action is place them on a sustainable footing, council bosses have warned - Municipal Journal

Jamie Hailstone writes: In a new report published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has called for a single shared outcome framework for health care, public health and social care services.

 

Care homes facing bankruptcy because of council squeeze – admit council chief - Daily Telegraph

John Bingham writes: Increasing numbers of care homes and home care agencies could be driven out of business because councils can no longer pay them the rates they need to operate, the leader of adult social services chiefs in England has warned.

David Pearson, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass), said the system of care for elderly and disabled people is becoming “unsustainable” in many parts of the country as a result of a combination of funding cuts and demographic pressures.

 

LBC News Tuesday March 17. David Pearson quizzed alongside UKHCA's Colin Angel. Presenter Sheila Fogarty asks whether the care industry can survive too much austerity...