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ADASS CALLS ON NEW PRIME MINISTER TO MAKE ADULT SOCIAL CARE A PRIORITY

ADASS Vice-President James Bullion has followed up on Boris Johnson’s early commitments to sort out social care. He asks that adult social care is a top priority for his government in a letter to the new Prime Minister.

As outlined in the ADASS annual budget survey, since the beginning of the decade, adult social care directors in councils across England have had to make a staggering £7 billion of savings, and need to find a further £700 million for 2019/20, just as demand and needs are rising.

Distinctive, valued and personal adult social care and support can help to transform lives, enhance health and wellbeing, and increase independence. However, with demand rising and funding stagnating, this is having heart-breaking impact on those that need care and support.

The situation needs urgent attention, for the short and the long term. A lack of certainty means that directors are facing the possibility of making incredibly difficult decisions without a confirmed continuation of short term funding fixes which run out in March next year.

In the letter, James Bullion has called on the Prime Minister to clarify whether the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Funds will both continue. Of the letter, he said “without the Better Care Fund and Improved Better Care Fund, many council’s risk being left in a position where they may have no choice but to begin decommissioning services.

“Certainty and sustainability are vital for commissioners and providers if they are to invest in and transform services but we also find ourselves in a situation where four of the largest providers are currently up for sale. The uncertainty of Brexit has not helped matters, with one potential investor pulling out citing Brexit.”

There has also been calls for a workforce strategy to solve the current recruitment crisis being faced in many parts of England, and a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention to prevent hospital admissions, which put more pressure on both the NHS and Council resources.

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