The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have today published their annual budget survey

The good news… Short-term injections of funding from Government have been welcome. This has prevented a crisis in the short term, enabling adult social care nationally to deliver a balanced budget and to deliver improved performance, including a significant reduction in delayed transfers of care.

The not so good news… Whilst a far worse situation has been avoided, many previous budget survey warnings have been realised, including:

• Fewer older and disabled people with more complex care needs getting less long-term care

• Market failure in some parts of the country and fragility elsewhere

• Pressure on and from the NHS, particularly in relation to increased hospital activity and shortages in social, primary and community services

• Further savings are still required (£700m in 2018/19, £7bn since 2010)