Social services director admits funding problem

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

Director of Social Services for Kent Peter Gilroy has told the National Care Homes Association (NCHA) that there is a serious national funding problem in both adult and childrens¹ services, and that 80% of social services departments were forecasting overspends. Mr Gilroy said there were significant opportunities within the NHS Plan for the independent sector to work in partnership with Health and Social Services but he said that it is “wake up time” for both central and local government. “You get what you pay for,” Mr Gilroy told the NCHA conference. “The independent sector is destabilised because of the Government and the public¹s demands and expectations, and the natural aspirations to improve standards ­ but without the cash to pay for that improved quality.” Referring to current difficulties with recruitment and retention Mr Gilroy said the difficulties were not just financial but that more funding would make recruitment and retention easier. NCHA chief executive Sheila Scott said Mr Gilroy¹s speech

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