EY on Audit Commission report: just 6% shift in spend from acute to social care would bridge funding gap

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Commenting on the Audit Commission report on releasing money for older people, EY says just 6% shift in spend from acute to social care would bridge the funding gap

John Baker, head of Local Public Sector at EY said: “The results of the Audit Commission report reflect our experience in this area. Effective assessments targeted at the right time and the removal of a significant amount of duplication creates significant efficiencies.

“We believe that this is only part of the answer to what is a huge challenge facing social care. With the right sort of integration and the mix of early intervention then our research, based around numerous local authorities, shows that much more of the funding gap can be bridged. On average for example just a 6 % shift from spend in acute services to social care would bridge the current spending gap in many Local Authorities.

“The challenge is bringing together all the vested interests in the process, with a focus on outcomes, and identifying the clear and detailed financial consequences of integration.”