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Adult social care cutbacks

18th April 2011

A survey has found that the number of councils making cutbacks to free social care has gone up by 13% this year.

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The research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services discovered that only 26 out of 148 councils would provide funding for people with "moderate" or "low" need, a decrease from 41.

The cutbacks come after significant cuts to central funding for councils, although the government said it had recently set aside an additional £2billion a year for the funding of social care by 2014/15.

The study showed that 19 local authorities had increased the eligibility threshold for free social care.

The research showed only 22 councils in England out of 148 who responded to the study would provide funding for those deemed to have moderate needs - a fall from 36 last year.

The moderate category includes people whose disability makes it difficult to prepare food for themselves or have a bath.

Andrew Dilnott, chairman of the commission, said there was "a growing amount of unmet need".

He added: "The balance between individual responsibility and state responsibility that we have at the moment doesn't seem to be the right one, it's widely seen to be unfair.

"What we found is that many people think it wouldn't be unreasonable for them to make some contribution."

"They just don't want the system that they face at the moment where if they turn out to be one of the least fortunate who ends up needing a very great deal of care, that they lose everything."

 

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