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IMPACT OF FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT WILL VARY CONSIDERABLY BETWEEN SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS

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The financial settlement announced for social services* acknowledges...
The financial settlement announced for social services* acknowledges

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

the Association of Directors of Social Services.

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.

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