Responding to the Care and Support Alliance’s Report on Care Needs, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“The wellbeing of people with care and support needs is of utmost importance to ADASS and its members. For many people who work in social care, making sure people are effectively cared for is the reason they get up in the morning, and work with great determination to do the best job they can. As the voice of social care leadership across the country, ADASS is determined to make sure those we support can live independent and fulfilled lives.
“Social work specifically and social care generally has the ability to help transform a person's life. The people that work in social care apply a high level of knowledge, professionalism and dedication supporting people with advice and information, through an assessment of their needs ensuring that how they want to live, where they want to live and with what kind of support can be met. Across the country we see too many examples where it remains extremely challenging to find enough of the right form of care, of good quality, at prices that keep providers sustainable in a thriving market for social care, which means many councils are forced to take difficult decisions when it comes to allocating an ever constrained funding base. The need for the funding shortfalls in adult social care to be addressed is now, it is urgent.
“Whether it’s the young adult with a profound disability or the grandparent with dementia, social care is there for us when we are most vulnerable, and it’s crucial that it’s provided to the highest possible standard that we would want for ourselves or, those we love. In the long-term, this is only possible if social care teams across the country are adequately resourced, which is why we continue to call on government to address the £2 billion funding shortfall social care faces by 2020 in the upcoming green paper, and to supply interim funding to help cope with the severe pressures immediately.”