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Councils warn care cuts could be ‘terminal’

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Council care funding cuts in county areas could soon be ‘terminal’, according to a new report.

Delivering Adult Social Care in Challenging Times, a study by the County Councils Network (CCN), says just one in 10 social care directors believe their budgets are now manageable.

In a letter to the Chancellor and Health Secretary ahead of the Autumn Statement, CCN chairman councillor Paul Carter said: “It is vital we work together to find a sensible and sustainable way forward. If we proceed on the current trajectory, I fear the impact on frontline social care services in counties will be terminal.

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“This will potentially leave some of the most vulnerable people in our society without the care and support they need to maintain their independence and dignity.”

The letter calls on the government to bring forward at least £700m of the Better Care Fund to 2017/18 to address the funding crisis.

CCN adds that any additional funding for public services is targeted towards social care funding to stabilise local services for residents, care markets for providers and reduce the knock-on burden for the NHS.

The results of a survey contained in the report from county directors of adult social care reveal that 88% believe their budgets to be either ‘severe’ or ‘critical’, and only 12% say current funding levels are ‘manageable’.

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