As the scale of continuing cuts demonstrate, however, together with the fragile state of the care market, there is not yet a sustainable, long-term solution to the funding of adult social care, and this report provides valuable evidence of the need for this to be put in place as soon as possible. There is a particular issue about the next financial year when the increase in the resources is much smaller than in either of the previous two years. There is a real danger that some councils could be unable to meet statutory duties before any solution from the Government’s reviews can be put in place.
The results of the annual ADASS Budget Survey explore directors of adult social services’ views of how councils are making incredibly difficult decisions in relation to the growing numbers of people requiring care and support with increasingly complex needs and with higher costs, where funding simply isn’t keeping pace. Reduction in delayed transfers of care has been a priority, and the fact that adult social care has accomplished such reductions in the last year, following the injection of short-term funding, demonstrates that investing in adult social care gets results.
The survey data clearly sets out the concerns of councils in making increasingly difficult choices and their attempts to minimise the impact on people made vulnerable by their circumstances, with care and support needs, and their carers. The survey highlights how social care funding directly affects the lives and life chances of people needing care and support and their families, the workforce, care providers and the NHS. It is therefore of great value to, and widely used by, others in the field of public policy in general and adult social care in particular.