Responding to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which says one in ten councils have cut adult social spending by more than a quarter, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“This report reflects the severity of government funding cuts which have put adult social care at a point of crisis.
“Councils have protected spending on adult social care as much as possible but significant pressures caused by people living longer and with increased complex needs, and the welcome National Living Wage means the ability to identify further savings have all but run out.
“The £2 billion for adult social care for the next three years will help plug the funding gap for adult social but this is only a short-term measure. Adult social care needs to be a national priority and this means finding a long-term solution to tackle the funding crisis to help provide care and support for elderly and disabled people and their families, both now and for future generations.
“The forthcoming social care Green paper provides a critical opportunity to future-proof adult social care and we look forward to working with providers, charities and independent think tanks to help the Government achieve this vital goal for the benefit of society as a whole.”
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