Responding to research by Age UK on the social care green paper delay, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“We very much welcome this contribution from colleagues in Age UK. Our social care system is in crisis and it is a tragedy that older and disabled people do not have the care and support needed to enable them to live the lives they want to lead, in what is the fifth richest country in the world.

“Successive governments have failed to address this issue, compounded by several delays to the long-awaited green paper. Our own autumn survey of adult social care directors highlighted that 69 per cent of respondents reported that there had been an increase in the number of people waiting for care packages at home.

“Adult social care needs a long-term, sustainable funding settlement if we are to address these underlying problems, in order to give every older and disabled person the care and support they need and deserve. The 1.5 million people working in social care should also have the recognition and reward which better reflects their dedication, skills and importance to us all.”