Local Authorities Running Out of Options?

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care has calculated that around a third of Local Authorities, 56 in total, will be unable to raise much needed social care funds via the social care precept in 2019/20.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“These Local Authorities have exhausted their Social Care Precept flexibility over the course of the last 2 years and with budgets being tightened it is hard to envisage where the necessary extra funds will come from in 2019/20.  Care England has long called for the ability to plan for the long term in order to have some stability in the sector both in terms of providers investing in services, but crucially for those in receipt of services having certainty over the services that they require remaining in place”.

The Adult Social Care Precept scheme was first  introduced for the Council Tax year 2016/17  where councils could raise the  precept  by 2% specifically for adult social care;   and the scheme was updated  in 2017 to allow councils to raise the precept by a total of 6% between 2017/18 and 2019/20.  If councils exceeded this amount, they would be required to call for a local referendum.

Martin Green continues:

“Whilst it is commendable that councils have used the full flexibility of the Adult Social Care Precept to meet pressures, the outlook for 2019/20 looks very bleak and the Government needs to step-in urgently to avert care home closures as providers struggle with rising costs and low fees paid by councils”.

Care England is collating Freedom of Information requests across 152 councils to gather data on commissioning activity for 2018/19. This data is being collected on the themes of fees paid by councils for residential, nursing home and supported living care, as well as use of resources and placement activity across older people and learning disability care. Once collated, Care England will triangulate responses with other data such as quality ratings, projections on bed numbers and staffing, and analysis of council’s spending plans to build up a comprehensive picture of how each council is responding to the challenges and opportunities of supporting a sustainable local care market.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  A Care England survey in July 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next 3 years due to low rates being paid by councils 
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk
  4. The full list of councils who have exhausted their Adult Social Care Precept by 2018/19 is as follows 
  5. Barking and Dagenham

    Barnet

    Blackburn with Darwen

    Blackpool

    Bournemouth

    Bradford

    Brighton and Hove

    Buckinghamshire

    Bury

    Calderdale

    Coventry

    Darlington

    Derby

    Dorset

    East Sussex

    Greenwich

    Halton

    Hampshire

    Haringey

    Hertfordshire

    Islington

    Kingston upon Hull

    Kirklees

    Knowsley

    Lambeth

    Leicester

    Liverpool

    Luton

    Medway

    Norfolk

    North East Lincolnshire

    North Lincolnshire

    North Tyneside

    Northamptonshire

    Nottingham

    Oxfordshire

    Peterborough

    Plymouth

    Poole

    Reading

    Rotherham

    Sefton

    Sheffield

    Slough

    Southampton

    Southwark

    St Helens

    Staffordshire

    Stockton on Tees

    Surrey

    Thurrock

    Torbay

    Warrington

    Wigan

    Windsor and Maidenhead

    Wirral

     

Press Release Year: 
2018