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“Bleak” future predicted for social care without urgent extra funding

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3910 (Published 13 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3910
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Social care in the UK faces a “bleak” future unless urgent investment is made to protect services and stop “worrying consequences for the NHS,” sector leaders have warned.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said that letting local authorities raise council tax to invest solely in social care this year had failed to close the funding gap in the sector.

A survey of all 151 adult social services directors in England found that the government’s 2% precept, introduced in the 2015 autumn statement,1 was used by 93% of councils and raised a total of £380 million (€455m; $505m) this year.

But this amount did not even cover the £612m needed to pay for the implementation of the national …

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