By Debbie le Quesne

Savings will have impact on care – and that’s now official

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Tell us what we already know . . . 83 per cent of Directors report that over the next two years there will be impacts as the result of savings being made.

It’s a significant hike on the 54 per cent of Directors reporting in the ADASS Budget Survey 2015 that the savings they are making to date will have an impact (the document fails to say whether such an impact would be negative or otherwise).

Surprisingly, it is noted that a number of Directors (45 per cent) are reporting that there have been no, or minimal impacts to date, but this falls to only seven per cent believing this over the next two years.

ADASS reported that its members think that the savings to date will not affect their ability to meet their essential statutory duties. However, the scene changes dramatically over the coming two years, with increasing scepticism that savings can be made (down from 81 per cent to date to 39 per cent) believing planned savings can be made met.

Sadly, this view is further confirmed with 50 per cent of Directors reporting that they believe fewer people will get access to services, and 58 percent believing personal budgets will shrink over the next two years.

Directors think that there will be more legal challenges and 17 per cent think that quality of care will worsen also over this period.

The view of Directors correlates with a recent report by Carers UK (State of Caring- May 2015) which noted of the 4,500 carers responding to survey, 55 per cent say that they are worried about the impact of cuts to care and support services over the next year. I

AgeUK last year estimated that 900,000 people in England between the age of 65 and 89 have unmet social care needs, Experts at the charity now believe the figure is closer to one million.

Quite what analysis says about society’s commitment to the sick, frail and vulnerable, I dread to think.

Cue relaxing music, light scented candles . . . soothing head massage, please.

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