Laura Sharman 25 January 2017

Councils warn council tax increase will not help social care crisis

Councils warn council tax increase will not help social care crisis image

The majority of councils (97%) said increasing council tax will make very little or no difference to the provision of social care in their area, in a new survey.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) conducted a survey for ITV News to find out what impact the new 3% social cate precept will have on social care.

However, of the 112 councils that responded, two-thirds said it would make very little difference, while a quarter said it would make no difference at all.

Only three councils said the increase would make a ‘substantial difference’ to their ability to provide social care.

Ray James from ADASS told ITV News: ‘We think this response is woefully inadequate.

‘It comes nowhere near the amount of money every independent expert and professional body has suggested is needed.’

‘We didn't see from Government any publication of how they have satisfied themselves that this was sufficient funding to meet the amount of care and support older and disabled people need and rely on each and every day.’

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