Responding to Age UK’s report on funding care for older people, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“This report rightly asks searching questions about both the level of future funding and how that funding is to be found, and how England’s provision of that care compares to other nations. The obvious question that arises is how ambitious do we want to be – do we want a social care service in England that is high quality for everyone or just those lucky enough to afford it.

“With an ageing population and a significant funding gap facing adult social care that the sector has long warned of, it’s crucial that the Government seize the opportunity of the upcoming green paper to explain how it will put social care on a sustainable, long-term footing.

“We know that ensuring older people or people with disabilities can live as independently as possible is essential to making sure that we not only reduce pressures on both adult social care and the NHS, but also to ensure people can have fulfilling lives. That’s why it’s essential the government supply urgent interim funding whilst we wait for a long-term funding settlement in the upcoming green paper.”