Social care finance: 'A tough four years starts now'

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 13th December 2010
Embargo: 00.01 hrs, Tuesday December 14, 2010

Directors of Adult Social Services have warned that care services for vulnerable adults  face a tough four years starting from now.

Responding to the Health Select Committees report on health and social care finance published today* ADASS President Richard Jones said: this report, coming at the same time as the Government has announced very exacting revenue support levels for English local authorities, confirms our view that a considerable gap will open up between the rising needs and demands of older people and adults with disabilities, and the resources available to meet them.

Social services directors will make every efficiency saving that they capable of. But I fear that, as Members of Parliament have confirmed today, it will be impossible in some authorities to maintain the standards of care we provide without restricting eligibility for those services.

He went on to welcome the Select Committees encouragement for health and social care further to integrate and streamline services one way at least in which genuine productivity and efficiency savings can be made. But he agreed with the Committee's conclusion that improving the interface cannot be about health making efficiency gains `at the expense of social care. He also welcomed the Committees understanding of the uncertainties built into the system by the removal of the ring-fence surrounding the PSS grant.

The changes to the grant are welcome and allow for real local discretion. But councils are facing the toughest reduction in funding since the second world war, and adult social care - being the largest part of controllable spend - will come under significant pressure."

For further information contact:
Richard Jones, President, ADASS, 01772 534390
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

* House of Commons Health Select Committee: Public Expenditure, Second Report, Session 2010/11, December 2010.

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The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.