EMBARGO: 00.01 FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

CONTACT: Alan Harris, ADASS media office, 020 7664 3239

 

Responding to a report by the Communities and Local Government Committee on adult social care, David Pearson, Honorary Treasurer of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“We welcome this report which echoes the entire sector’s call for a long-term solution to providing and paying for social care, the historic underfunding of which is threatening its viability.

“The report highlights the worrying consequences of the pressures on adult social care, and makes a compelling case for immediate extra funding.

“Social care needs to be treated as a national priority to ensure thousands of elderly and disabled people and their families get the personal and dignified care they deserve.

“Not only are people living longer and with increasingly complex needs, care workforce challenges, including the welcome national living wage and retention of staff, are creating further pressures - the need to future-proof the social care system cannot be ignored.

“The extra £2 billion for social care over the next three years is an important step towards closing the growing gap in government funding – but this is just a short-term measure.

“That’s why it’s crucial that ADASS continues to work with providers, commissioners, charities and independent think tanks to have input into the social care Green Paper to establish a long-term, sustainable solution about how we provide and pay for care for years to come.

“It is an opportunity that we need to seize and get right for future generations.”

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