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We write to you as 45 former directors of social services with many decades of senior management experience behind us, to express our grave concerns about the current underfunding of adult social care services.

Not a day goes by without well-informed groups expressing their dismay at the outcomes for vulnerable adults. Yet despite this the chancellor made no mention of this issue in his autumn statement.

We know that £4.2bn has been taken from local authority budgets over the past five years. The appalling consequences are there for all to see. Rapidly rising levels of dementia, but cuts in home care support. Hospital beds full, but insufficient residential places for vulnerable adults to be discharged to. Increasing suicide levels among young people, but draconian cuts in mental health provision. Many more people living – and dying – in the streets, but inadequate support and a lack of hostel accommodation.

Some 500,000 older people are abused every year while cuts are being made in safeguarding provision. At the same time services for people with physical and learning difficulties have been drastically cut leaving many isolated and unsupported.

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source: The Guardian
published: 17 January 2017

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