King’s Fund says ADASS Budget Survey confirms mounting pressure on social care


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Caring Times, September 2017

Health and social care research charity The King’s Fund says the latest budget survey from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) provides more evidence of the mounting pressures on the social care system.

Richard Humphries, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, said rising demand for services imposed a huge human and financial cost on older and disabled people.

“With the sector facing a £2.1bn funding gap by 2019/20 and increasing numbers of care providers being forced to leave the market, it underlines the need for fundamental changes to the way social care is funded and delivered,” said Mr Humphries.

“The finding that only one third of councils are planning to spend new funding for social care announced in this year’s Budget on measures to speed up the discharge of patients from hospital echoes similar findings from NHS leaders. Given the huge pressures facing social care services, expecting this money to double up by coming to the aid of the NHS was always likely to prove to be a triumph of hope over expectation.

“The Government’s forthcoming consultation paper on social care must set out costed options for putting the system on a sustainable footing, and in doing so strike a fair balance between public and private funding. Successive administrations have ducked this challenge, but the Government must follow through on its commitment to act “where others have failed to lead” by tackling one of the burning injustices of our time.”





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