Survey says social care services in deep trouble

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

Local government leaders from all political parties have joined directors of social services to warn that social care services are in “serious jeopardy” unless substantial, immediate and long term financial investment is made. One of the main causes of the acute financial pressure has been the remorseless rise in the numbers of children being looked after by local authorities, with almost a half of social services departments recording an increase in numbers. According to the survey, the greatest pressures were in residential care, including specialist and secure provision and foster care including specialist placements. A comprehensive survey of current social services budgets was conducted by the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and Treasurer Societies which shows local authorities had been obliged to find an extra £200m to keep services afloat in 2001/2. This money has been found at the expense of investment in other services and through council ta

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