The "already bleak outlook" for social care funding is expected to become "even bleaker", according to a survey on social care budgets.
The survey, carried out by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), shows that directors of adult social services are planning to save £800 million in the next 12 months - resulting in a shortfall in services for older people and people with disabilities.
Between 2011 and 2014, £2.68 billion will have been removed from the adult social care budget, ADASS said.
Gazing into the next two years, without additional investment from that already planned, an already bleak outlook becomes even bleaker.
Directors everywhere are well aware of the difficult economic choices the country is facing and having to make. And we are well aware of the enormous help given to our departments by inward transfers of NHS funds.
Social services departments, too, have gone many an extra mile to make their services more efficient although, as our survey shows, these efficiencies are sometimes nowhere near so 'painless' as they sometimes seem.