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80% OF COUNCILS CUT CARE BUDGETS

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A survey has showed that more than eight in ten local authorities in England and Wales are cutting social services ...
A survey has showed that more than eight in ten local authorities in England and Wales are cutting social services such as home helps and support for problem families, reports The Guardian (p6) and The Independent (p8).

The two most common forms of saving are stricter eligibility criteria, excluding people from services, and charging higher or new fees for services. Thirty per cent of departments are planning to cut children's services.

Association of Directors of Social Services president Robin Sequeria said: 'Unless there is a profound change in the government's thinking about how it finances the care of the weak, the unprotected and the vulnerable, their numbers will grow while our ability to help them will diminish.'

The paper quotes junior health minister John Bowis: 'This survey does not add up to an objective and realistic assessment of the resources placed at their disposal.'
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