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Social services are affected more by government spending cuts than predicted

1 December 2011

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement was issued on 29 November 2011. The statement revealed that cuts to public spending, including social care, from 2015 to 2017 will be greater than previously predicted. Local authority funding will fall by 3.5% in 2015 – 2016 and 2.7% in 2016 – 2017.

This will significantly impact on vital services provided by the local authority. In particular, it seems even more unlikely that the government will follow the proposals set out in the Dilnot Report on the funding of adult social care, despite clear findings that the current adult social care system does not work. Instead, the proposals for the future funding of adult care, which one expected to be set out in a white paper in early 2012 are likely to be far more modest. The concern will be that short term savings will postpone necessary reform, and cost us more in the long run.

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