We finally have some concrete figures on the toll take on adult social care by the government's front-loaded cuts in public spending. It comes from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services who have found that spending by councils on adult care has been slashed by £1bn from 2010-11 to 2011-12.
If this equates to net spending (i.e. spending by councils that excludes the income they receive from service users) this will equates to a cut of 7% (in cash terms).
Adass, who has surveyed 148 of its members (the vast majority), said that 70% of this cut had been absorbed through efficiency savings and service redesign but the remainder equated to reduced services i.e frontline cuts.
As part of this, it has also round that 13% of councils increased eligibility thresholds last year - most of these raising criteria from 'moderate' to 'substantial'.
According to Adass's figures we have
6 councils on critical (4%)
116 on substantial (78%)
26 on moderate (18%)
Monday, 18 April 2011
Cuts to Social Care
Following the article on this blog about Disability and Social Care, it has emerged that spending by councils on adult social care has been cut by £1bn this year. You can read all about it as originally posted on the Community Care Adult Services blog: