This month's Pulse includes the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services' (ADASS) annual Budget Survey of adult social care services in England. Responses were received from all 152 local authorities. Analysis was undertaken by Cordis Bright, in partnership with ADASS Resources Leads.
Our analysis highlighted the following key trends:
- Fewer older and disabled people with more complex care and support needs are getting long-term care.
- 75% of directors reported that reducing the number of people in receipt of care is important or very important for them to achieve necessary savings.
- There is market failure in some parts of the country and fragility elsewhere, with real challenges in recruiting and retaining staff at the levels required.
- Pressure on and from the NHS, particularly in relation to increased attendances at, and admissions, to acute hospitals and resultant increases of people being discharged is impacting on social care services.
The findings have received coverage in the BBC News and the Guardian.
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