The Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that by 2020, the social care funding gap will be over £2.3 billion1. The publishing of the social care green paper – anticipated in July - will help to provide clarity on sustainable financial fundamentals to address future demand on services.
Why the green paper is needed
Austerity has forced commissioners into a tense relationship with the market, divesting capability and curtailing investment. Since 2010, austerity has hit adult social care hard. For example, in 2017 the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) estimated £6 billion had been cut from councils’ adult social care budgets since 2010 - at a time when the need for services is growing2. The sector faces further deterioration as quality in the market drifts away from inadequately provided local authority services to self-funded beds and care. The inequality manifested in this trend must be checked.
And the policy position is scarcely better. Adult social care, to quote David Behan, ‘cannot afford to be seen through the prism of the NHS’ but that is precisely how these distinct and critical needs have been viewed. Better integration is needed across the NHS, local authorities and other social care providers.
Adult social care insights
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