Salvation Army charity funds subsidise its care homes to an average of £302 a week, as a result of gaps in local authority funding, a new report reveals.
Hardest hit are rural areas, finds the new Care in Places report.
Adult Social Care is largely funded by local business rates, council tax and other local charges but areas with lower house prices, fewer businesses cannot raise as much money as more urban areas.
In the report, The Salvation Army shows:
- Some areas are able to raise up to five times more revenue than other authorities
- It is a flawed assumption that areas of lower populations do not need to raise as much money as more highly populated areas
- In several areas local authority funding does not even cover staffing costs.
While rural areas are the worst hit, the funding disparity does affect urban areas too, especially those that have been hit by years of economic decline. Salvation Army spokesman Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant said: “This analysis proves that local authorities are being asked to achieve the impossible. Put simply; you can’t squeeze local businesses for more tax if your local businesses are struggling.”