Responding to the National Audit Office report, “Personalised Commissioning in Adult Social Care”, Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Harold Bodmer said:
“We strongly support the principles of personalisation in social care, and would argue that satisfaction rates with social care would not have remained as high in recent years without developing a personalised approach, making sure that people get the best care for their needs.
“However, this report is right to highlight that the ongoing need for savings could put user outcomes at risk. Spending on adult social care has seen a 7 per cent real terms reduction since 2010, while our 2015 budget survey confirmed councils will have to continue making savings in the future – including from personal social care budgets. While councils will be working hard to ensure public money is used as effectively as possible, many social care services will be at significant risk over the next couple of years as a result of rising demand and cuts to funding.”