Almost a third of local authorities will cut spending on adult social care in the coming year, a survey has found.
The survey by the Local Government Information Unit and the Municipal Journal found that 29% of councils who responded planned to reduce social care spending, with 37% naming the sector as their top, long-term financial pressure.
The Independent Care Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “Adult social care is already cut to the bone and further cuts can only add significantly to the 1.4m who don’t get the care they need.
“Cuts will heap yet more pressure on the NHS which will inevitably have to provide care if adult social care is cut back yet more. This will undermine recent investment in the NHS and you can’t expect the NHS to perform better if you keep cutting back on social care provision.
“At the moment investing in the NHS, without supporting adult social care, is a bit like modernising a house but leaving a hole in the roof,” Mike said.
The Independent Care Group called on the government to publish its long-awaited Green Paper on reforming adult social care as a matter of urgency.
“Providers are struggling, going out of business and handing back contracts and the number of people living without the care they have a right to expect continues to rise,” Mike said.
“Further cutbacks will be another kick in the teeth for social care and we cannot wait any longer for action to address the crisis once and for all.”