RISE IN COUNCIL TAX AND 'CARE CUTS'
- 13 Jul
"The government allowed councils to increase council tax by 2% this year to spend on care - and most have done so", however, according to a survey of all 151 social care directors, there is a shortfall of nearly £1bn", the BBC reports
Directors in charge of care for older people and adults with disabilities pointed out the following in the annual survey:
- only about half of this shortfall could be met by efficiency savings
- 39% of the shortfall would have to be covered by cuts to services, with those provided to the elderly most at risk
These could lead to the following, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS):
- Day-centres may be closed
- Fewer hours of help may be provided in people's homes
- There may be an increase in rationing resulting in a cut in the number of people actually getting services
- The rest of the savings will be met by other measures, such as increasing the fees people are charged
- People may be asked to make a contribution to the care they get
ADASS president Harold Bodmer said:
"We have been arguing for some time that adult social care needs to be given the same protection and investment as the NHS. Services are already being cut, and the outlook for future care is bleak.
"We are at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy."
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