Lord Victor Adebowale's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

News item posted: 25 November 2015

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Co-Chair to the APPG on Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis said:

'The extra investment in the NHS and recognition of further funding needed for mental health is welcome, but health outcomes will be undermined if investment in social care and public health is inadequate.

'Local authority leaders are saying enough is enough in regards to challenges they're facing and people with social care needs are starting to see a reduction in services which contradict the government's prevention agenda. Cuts to social care do not save money anywhere in the system and in fact, cause the NHS to spend more. We will now have to see if local areas are willing to increase council tax to fund future social care services.

'Add to this increasing pressure, the continued £12bn cuts to the welfare budget, and once again we risk embedding an underclass in society that face an uncertain future.'