The case for investment in adult social care

By Alex Khaldi | 13 February 2018

Adult Social Care has become synonymous with cuts and desperate pleas for more revenue. But what is less hotly debated is that the sector is now under-invested, and needs capital investment for the longer term as well as cash for now.

The unstoppable force of demand pressure at about £1bn per year (in England) has met the immovable object of the UK’s fiscal outlook. We can expect progress this year with a green(ish) paper and the continued development of integration via sustainability and transformation partnerships, but no one thinks there will be a satisfactory answer for some time. This leaves councils with a dependency; unless they have deep reserves, they need Government to act, either to provide cash or the ability to raise tax.

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