Pennies from Health – £162m from NHS takes some of the sting from spending cuts
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Social care started the New Year on a positive note, sounded by the Government’s announcement that 2011 would see a transfer of £162m from the NHS to local authorities who will be expected to use the money to commission services that enable older people to leave hospital more quickly.
Four weeks earlier ADASS President Richard Jones warned that care services for vulnerable adults “face a tough four years starting from now.’ Mr Jones said the Government had announced very exacting revenue support levels for English local authorities, confirming his members’ view that a considerable gap would 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 it will be impossible in some authorities to maintain the standards of care we provide without restricting