Suggested budget statement savings on residential care 'naïve

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services 
Date: 10 December 2009.
Embargo: Immediate

In response to specific references in the Chancellors pre-budget statement concerning savings to be made in the residential care for older people, John Jackson, joint chair of the ADASS Resources Network said: Local authorities are already pursuing a wide range of measures designed to stop people going into residential care unnecessarily.  Examples of good practice were cited in the Department of Healths Use of Resources in Adult Social Care published in October this year. 

We are using these examples and other ideas to make very significant efficiency savings next year to meet the pressures of increasing demand for services, limited increases in government funding and the importance of keeping down council tax
increases. 

Some authorities are already planning to make efficiency savings of over 4% next year. It is naïve to assume that local authorities can simply make further efficiency savings of at least one per cent more, in addition to those already found, in the absence of any new government initiatives designed to help local government or promote closer working and better resource utilisation between the NHS and local government.

ENDS

For further information contact:
John Jackson, joint chair, ADASS Resources Committee, 01865 323574
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Photos of John Jackson available on request