Budget survey predicts a cash crisis in social services overspends

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A social services budget survey, published in September, has raised concern about a predicted shortage of hospital beds this winter. The survey predicted more cash shortfalls if social care for elderly people is not properly funded, with hospitals across the country seeing a return of the difficulties they faced last year. The survey was a follow up to one published in January which predicted a social services overspend of £205 million in 2000/1. The updated survey, published by the Local Government Association, (LGA), the Association of Directors of Social Services and the Societies of County and Municipal Treasurers, revealed continuing financial difficulties. It showed that despite concerted efforts to control costs, 75% of social services departments actually overspent by £183 million. The survey revealed a widening gap between central government allocations and local government spending. It showed that 55% of local authorities did not believe they would be able to sustain or improve their social servic

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