Responding to the annual State of Care report, James Bullion, ADASS President has called on Government to urgently bring forward its reform proposals and to use the Spending Review to prioritise care and support to help create a better future. 

 

"This report paints a stark picture of the way that Covid-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities and disproportionately affected those of us from black and minority ethnic communities, older people, people with learning disabilities and or autism, those living with mental health conditions, those who are homeless and those living in domestically abusive situations.   

 

"Each year CQC reviews the state of care and each year it concludes that meaningful reform is long overdue and that the efforts of those working in adult social care continue to go unrecognised. Until we have the commitment and funding to deliver a shared vision, the underlying story will not change. 

 

"As we face arguably the worst winter any of us can remember, we need to work together to change the story. We face a perfect storm of Covid-19, seasonal winter pressures, preparations for a no-deal EU Exit, and continued uncertainty about the sustainability of many social care providers.  Councils face unprecedented demands and expectations. However, we also have the opportunity to shape a better future built around the type of care and support we all want for ourselves and our families. This will require a strong vision and strong leadership. 

 

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