Social care services to be hit again as councils save £824m : Express.

PENSIONERS are to be hit by further social care cuts as councils slash budgets, leaders of adult social services warned today.

Pensioners

Despite £2billion in extra funding for crisis-hit services, a survey of 151 directors in councils across England found there are plans to save £824million from social care costs, with at least 39 per cent of this coming from cuts to services.

More than £1.1billion in extra cash would be needed just to maintain last year’s level of service, according to research from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Social care is the help with basic tasks given to the elderly and disabled to allow them to live independently in their own homes.

Margaret Willcox, president of ADASS, said councils wanted to protect budgets but social care remained “on a knife edge” due to under-funding, with more people “living longer and with increasingly complex support needs”.

Link : Daily Express.

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