Home Group demands more investment after adult social care warning
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Care and Support, Health
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One of the UK's largest housing associations has demanded more government investment in adult social care.
Home Group's call follows a warning from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) that adult social care services in England will soon become unsustainable.
ADASS said today that a further reduction in government funding of £266 million over the next year will mean that local authority social services departments will no longer be able to absorb growing demand for their help.
Rachael Byrne, Home Group's executive director of care and support, said: “This latest reduction in funding will place intolerable pressure on a system which ADASS warns is at breaking point.
“Since 2010, social care spending has fallen by 10% when the number of people looking for support has risen dramatically - this is only going to worsen over time as the gap between provision and need widens.”
Home Group, which manages 55,000 across Britain, primarily works with vulnerable clients whose needs fall outside of the statutory requirement for care.
It provides services to 30,000 vulnerable people in supported housing who are homeless and often have a range of complex needs, including mental health issues, offending history, substance misuse and family breakdown.
Ms Byrne added: “Our services are predominantly funded by local authorities and the cuts in funding have and will continue to impact on the 30,000 vulnerable clients we house and support every year. Local authorities have a strong track record in commissioning social care services - I fear we will see that change.
“Social care has suffered for years from chronic under funding and we have reached the point today where professionals fear they will no longer be able to help all those vulnerable people who desperately need their support.
“Home Group backs ADASS’s call for a significant injection of new money into local social care economies to deliver support for all those who need it.
“Such an investment needs to be substantial – we estimate £2.8bn to deliver help to all those who need it – but the alternative will mean placing a huge additional strain on already overstretched NHS A&E departments and GPs surgeries which will be the places vulnerable people turn to for help they no longer receive.”