Older people and people with disabilities finding it hard to get state funded care
- 17 Mar
Social services leaders are concerned that a funding gap of £7bn a year is likely to leave people with vulnerabilities paying for their own care and support by the end of next parliament.
Social services leaders are warning that many people with disabilities or older people with care needs are facing the challenge of having to pay for their own support at the end of the next parliament unless spending priorities are changed.
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services have said that Sustaining state-funded adult social care services in some parts of England could become "almost impossible" unless funding is protected and aligned with NHS budgets, reports the Guardian.
These warnings have occurred after it emerged that the Department of Health is predicting a funding gap of up to £7bn a year in adult social care by the end of the decade.
The number of adults receiving state-funded social care plummeted by almost 250,000 over the four years to 2012-13. At least £10bn was spent by people paying for their own care and support, compared to £14bn spent by councils.
David Pearson, Adass's president, said there were parts of the country where more people bought their own care than were state-funded and it was "likely" that would be the case nationally by 2020 if government policy continued unchanged.
"Adult social care is at a crossroads," Pearson said. "As a country we need to be ambitious for care and recognise that protecting the NHS means protecting adult social care too. There are choices. And there are consequences of those choices. There is a danger that, in some parts of the country, sustaining social care services as we have known them will become almost impossible."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
- 26 Aug
Adults with vulnerabilities in custody are not receiving appropriate support
A report commissioned by the Home Office has said that lack of awareness and a shortage of trained volunteers means police often go ahead without on present, reports the BBC.Home Secretary Theresa...
- 11 Aug
Chief inspector warns cuts are affecting adult social care
Andrea Sutcliffe has said that many carers ended up being "the sort of care worker you wouldn't want them to be", reports the BBC.Adult social care budgets have been cut by £4.6bn since 2010 - a 31%...
- 04 Jun
Social care services for adults struggling due to budget cuts
There is a £1.1.bn shortfall to councils in England warns the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and freezing care provider fees to save money is no longer sustainable, reports the...
- 03 Jun
People with vulnerabilities left at risk by policy makers
‘Solutions from the Frontline’, published by a coalition of charities looks into the ideas and experiences of service users. It investigates how the new government along with national and local...
- 20 Apr
Social landlords in Wales hope to save the NHS £1.7m
The savings will come from housing 33 patients under the care of the Aneurin Bevan University health board, through a project called ‘In One Place.' This project places patients who have a mental...
- 17 Apr
New supported housing service for people needing care after hospital
The service will provide supported accommodation for people who no longer need specialist medical care, but who are no longer able to return home due to changes in their home care needs. It is hoped...
- 15 Apr
Proposal for an extension on the integration of health and social care in Staffordshire
Staffordshire County Council wishes to agree on a new deal which will help to improve integration between health and social care for its residents, reports ITV.The deal, if agreed, will extend the...
- 11 Nov
The number of people using food banks has risen by 1,468%
Latest figures by the Trussell Trust show that 913,138 adults and children have received three day's emergency food and support from its food banks over 103/14 which is an increase of 346,992 since...
- 30 Oct
Support for patients with vulnerabilities with eased pressure on hospitals
Teams of social workers and NHS staff will soon become available seven days a week under new care plans, reports the BBC.Ministers are predicting that pressures will ease on hospitals from April once...
- 29 Oct
How one housing association is communicating online with people who have hearing impairments
Wheatley Group's SignVideo, a British Sign Language interpretation service, has been developed to help tenants with hearing impairments the opportunity to contact their landlord directly without...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "Found the seminar very informative and gave an interesting and full insight into current thinking about the consultation. Michael was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter and encouraged interaction with the audience which led to further relevant points being shared with the room. I shall certinaly look out for future events!" M.E. - Care Housing Association