Responding to today’s Carers UK 2017 State of Caring report, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

 “Social care relies heavily on more than 5.5 million unpaid carers, largely family members, who make a significant and valuable contribution in helping to meet people’s needs and enhance their quality of life. Informal carers already provide at least £55 billion of unpaid care and support for people with disabilities and long-term conditions in this country.

 “We need to make sure that they are supported to continue caring for those they love, as much as they would wish to. This includes ensuring that carers get regular breaks for their own health and wellbeing (both mentally and physically), have access to support services and are valued for the vital work they carry out.

 “We are concerned that unpaid carers and the people they care for may not always get the services they need because of continuing reductions to local authority budgets and the number of people needing care now exceeding the number of paid carers. 

 “Good social care cannot be achieved without a skilled and stable workforce. ADASS continues to work with others in the social care field to help realise this vital goal, promoting careers in the care profession that are rewarding and remunerated properly, with a funding solution that addresses the recruitment, training and retention of staff.”