By Debbie le Quesne

Essex warns of ‘serious crisis’ in care

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Social care is central to our business. It’s the core of what we do, caring mainly for older people, the disabled and chronically ill of all ages.

And while our government sees fit to build high-speed rail links costing billions, social care takes the brunt of cuts – the deepest cuts in public expenditure since the creation of the Welfare State.

As the belt tightens, so does the need for a greater spin on information that is decanted to us so there is a growing need to make very measured judgments against a number of emerging information streams.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, social care has already experienced a devastating cut of over £4bn per year, about 16 per cent.

By 2015, it will have been cut by more than £8bn per year (about 33 per cent). The figure will help the government spend make an annual saving of £16bn by 2015 – a whopping 40 per cent of its central funding for England.

We need to remember that social care makes up 60 per cent of real local government spending.

Essex County Council last week warned that a “serious crisis” was looming in its county unless action is taken to meet needs.

According to Essex County Council, there will be a 68 per cent rise in the number of over-85s in the next 15 years.

An independent commission to assess how to deal with the issue was set up by the council and its report concludes the “system as it currently stands is not sustainable”.

We are driving hard a personalisation agenda, encouraging independence, community intervention and service users shaping the future of their own community care delivery. All of these things are truly worthy, but the impact of the government social are cuts has to be overwhelmingly negative.

Check out Campaign for a Fair Society, Hardest Hit, and We Are Spartacus.

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