the pressures that social services have had to withstand. The
additional resources will undoubtedly make a difference to support the
care that social services provides to local communities, according to
According to ADSS president David Behan: 'The changes to the formula
used for calculating resources for social care have been thoughtful and
helpful. However, this is a complicated settlement, and what is clear is
that the impact on social services departments will vary considerably.
'Some departments will feel they have additional resources available to
meet the needs of their communities. Others will find themselves under
intense budgetary pressures. The budget survey we conduct annually with
the Local Government Association is currently under way. Its results
ought to be available early in the new year, and will help clarify some
of the consequences of the government's new approach,' he said.
'There is no doubt that this settlement means new money overall for
social services, even though some departments will be disappointed with
the outcome. A recent King's Fund Centre report acknowledged that there
are insufficient resources in social care in comparison with the NHS.
'ADSS will continue to argue that our services need a Wanless-style
review of resources to see whether or not the resources - including
these new ones - are adequate to the task of meeting the severe and
growing needs of the communities we serve.'
See GOVERNMENT DELIVERS FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIESon LGCnet.