News Staff August 15, 2018

The extent to which vital local authorities have displayed resilient aptitude in delivering and maintaining vital public services in the teeth of financial cutbacks has been laid bare in new data-analysis from the think-tank Localis.

Findings unearthed in a short report entitled ‘On the Ropes: Social care provision under austerity’ outline how competently authorities across England have performed in delivering adult and children’s social care in the headwinds of inexorably rising demographic demand and a halving of resources since 2010.

The analysis shows most users of adult social care nationally remain satisfied with their care and support – with some authorities even managing to increase satisfaction among users – despite funding cuts.

However, the report suggests that in addition to adult social care pressures, complex and interlinked problems associated with rough sleeping and the ‘hidden homeless’, mental health, child poverty and the increase in numbers of looked after children threaten to overburden authorities unless greater fiscal headroom is granted in the next Spending Review period.