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The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have today published their annual budget survey

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have today published their annual budget survey. This report gives an overview of local social services directors views of their budgetary situation, and how they plan to manage their budgets over the coming years. https://www.adass.org.uk/adass-budget-survey-2018

The good news… Short-term injections of funding from Government have been welcome. This has prevented a crisis in the short term, enabling adult social care nationally to deliver a balanced budget and to deliver improved performance, including a significant reduction in delayed transfers of care.

The not so good news… Whilst a far worse situation has been avoided, many previous budget survey warnings have been realised, including:

• Fewer older and disabled people with more complex care needs getting less long-term care

• Market failure in some parts of the country and fragility elsewhere

• Pressure on and from the NHS, particularly in relation to increased hospital activity and shortages in social, primary and community services

• Further savings are still required (£700m in 2018/19, £7bn since 2010)