Responding to the announcement by the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, that £240 million is to be made available to social care teams to help tackle winter pressures, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“This funding is welcome. It recognises that adult social care has a significant role to play in supporting the NHS during the Winter – most notably hospitals. As a sector, adult care has made great progress in reducing unnecessary delays, discharging people safely from hospital and it’s positive that this is acknowledged by the Government.

“However, we must also look to what is happening in the community if we are to achieve more. This will help relieve pressure on A&E Departments, as we reduce the numbers of people going to hospital because of gaps in community support.

“This funding can only be a temporary and partial 'fix' - we need to go much further, much faster, if we are to truly support people in the community. This can only be achieved with greater co-ordination between health, social care and housing services and through a long-term settlement for adult social care.

“Ensuring social care is sustainably funded is important for all of us – whether it’s our grandparents who need support to live in their communities or specialist care for adults with learning disabilities, it’s crucial as a society we offer personalised care, which takes the individual being supported as it’s starting point. We look forward to seeing more in the upcoming green paper about how a long-term funding settlement will do this.”