LGA responds to ADASS social care budget survey

“The findings of ADASS’s survey reinforce sector-wide warnings that social care faces a perfect storm and in particular, is a reminder of the perilous state of the provider market. It is also notable that nearly half of respondents do not think targets around delayed transfers of care are realistic.”


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Responding to a survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, which has found that more than half of councils will overspend their adult social care budgets this year, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“The findings of ADASS’s survey reinforce sector-wide warnings that social care faces a perfect storm and in particular, is a reminder of the perilous state of the provider market. It is also notable that nearly half of respondents do not think targets around delayed transfers of care are realistic.

“The survey underlines the urgent need to resolve the short and long-term future of care and it is vital that government sets out how it plans to address this in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

“Councils face a £2.3 billion annual social care funding gap by 2020 and having to fund six years of backpay for sleep-in shifts would be a hammer blow for many councils that are already overstretched and struggling to maintain basic care services.

“We are calling on the Government to intervene and assure councils that they will be given genuinely new money to cover the cost of extending the National Living Wage to sleep-ins.”