Bristol faces cuts
Bristol Social Services may have to cut back on some funding of care homes due to a Â£2 million budget short fall. A budget report states: “Given a forecast overspend of Â£2 million in the current year, there is an urgent need to find ways of containing expenditure.” As a result officials have recommended that social services bring in cuts on spending on care homes and homecare. During a financial crisis last year the council cut back on numbers leaving hospital and being placed in care homes – causing more bed blocking. While reducing expenditure the cuts also resulted in an increase in spending on nursing and agency support staff for the care of elderly people.