Magazine article Public Finance

Adult Social Care Placated by Olive Branch of 'A Radical Rethink'

Magazine article Public Finance

Adult Social Care Placated by Olive Branch of 'A Radical Rethink'

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News that adult social care funding will be frozen in real terms was sweetened slightly by the confirmation that the government will consult on a radical overhaul to the system.

Allstair Darting announced that direct funding to adult social care departments from the Department of Health would increase by £190m over the entire Comprehensive Spending Review period, an increase of 2.6%, which will bring total direct funding to £1.5bn by 2010-11. The Treasury's preferred inflation measure - the consumer price index - has ranged between 1.8% and 3% this year.

Anne Williams, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, told Public Finance: 'As expected, the settlement leaves us in a tight position. The new funds are a start, but there's still a long way to go.'

She added that £650m of previously ring-fenced DoH grants were also being rolled into the local government revenue support grant, which put them in danger of being siphoned off.

Social service departments had long expected the CSR to deliver little or no extra funds in the short term. …

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