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‘We are getting to the point where funding is unsustainable if we want to meet need appropriately’ – Adass chief

User AvatarPosted by Kathryn Platten at 25/11/2014 09:32:16

Posted by Community Care Tuesday 1 July 2014

David Pearson could hardly have picked a tougher year to become president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass). The Nottinghamshire director’s year in the hot seat, which began in April, brings a further round of budget cuts, a ten-fold increase in assessments under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the implementation of the Care Act 2014, dubbed by ministers the biggest reform to adult care in over 60 years.

Fortunately, he says he likes a challenge and thinks it is a privilege to be shaping key issues at a critical time for social care. “In a way this is a great year to be president,” he says.

Adass’s annual survey of councils’ social care budgets in England, which comes out tomorrow, shows that councils’ coffers have been squeezed for a fourth year in succession. “We are getting to the point where it is unsustainable if we want to make sure we are meeting need appropriately at a level of quality the public expect,” he says.

Dols demand

An unanticipated additional squeeze on councils’ budgets is the fall-out from the Cheshire West and Surrey deprivation of liberty rulings. The Supreme Court’s decision in March, which broadens the definition of a deprivation of liberty, means that councils will have to carry out over 80,000 more assessments this year, according to figures compiled by Adass. Pearson says this increase in work is expected to cost an additional £86m a year, and that figure does not include legal fees.

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