In response to today's Spending Review 2020 announcement, ADASS President, James Bullion, said:

"We were hoping for a settlement that would enable us to stabilise care and support services for millions of older and disabled people and family carers. We asked for certainty and greater equality of treatment with our NHS colleagues. While we are still examining the detail, it seems as if the fragmented short-term funding announced by the Chancellor falls alarmingly short. We needed funding to ensure that care providers remain in business, staff are paid a national care wage that properly rewards them for their amazing work, and carers get the vital breaks they need to keep going. Social Care has so much potential for good, and is falling further behind.

"Our Autumn Survey of Directors found that they believe Covid-19 has led to a huge surge in demand for most forms of care. Only 2% (two percent) said they were fully confident they would have the funding they need next year to meet all their statutory duties. The Chancellor will have done little to allay their concerns.

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Note to editors

The ADASS Autumn Survey was published last week, based on a survey of local authorities (101 of 151) in England. Responses were received between 22nd October and 13th November 2020.

For any follow up to the statement above, please contact:

Dr Phil McCarvill
ADASS Deputy Chief Officer
07919 483214