Despite welcome extra funding and councils protecting and planning to spend more on adult social care budgets, difficult decisions and more cuts need to be made in the service, according to a survey of 151 adult social services directors in England.
Research published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (read here)reveals that the proportion of council spending on adult social care is set to increase by 1.3 per cent – from 35.6 per cent in 2016/17 to 36.9 per cent this year. However, councils still have to make 8 per cent cuts in overall budgets for a second year in succession due to increasing costs and demand.
Directors plan to make further savings of £824 million in 2017/18, taking cumulative savings in adult social care since 2010 to £6.3 billion. But with a reported overspend of £366 million against 2016/17 budgets, Directors are finding it increasingly hard to implement planned cuts in practice.
Despite a welcome £2 billion in extra funding being made available to help alleviate adult social care pressures, only 31 per cent of responders are fully confident that planned savings for 2017/18 will be met, falling to 7 per cent in 2019/20.
Margaret Willcox, President of ADASS, said: