Responding to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s Pre-Budget report which calls for government to close the social care funding gap, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
“We welcome this report which validates the entire sector’s warnings about the escalating crisis facing adult social care and the increasing struggle by older and disabled people to access essential care, support and safeguards, and councils’ diminishing ability to fund it.
“It reinforces our call for the need for immediate extra money and for the funding gap to 2020 to be plugged. We welcome the suggestion that the National Audit Office should establish the sufficiency of funding.
“With the social care precept raising less in areas with the greatest need and not covering the costs of the welcome National Living Wage, the report rightly calls for the improved Better Care Fund to be brought forward to address immediate, severe pressures in the year ahead.
“Councils have protected their adult social care budgets as far as possible but are struggling to find any more efficiency savings, leading to older and disabled people and their families not getting the dignified care they require and deserve as their needs grow and the ageing population rises.
“With care homes closing, councils projecting in-year overspends of almost £450 million, services are in significant and increasing jeopardy.
“The Government needs to use next week’s Budget to announce genuine new money to fund social care, otherwise the worrying consequences for older and disabled people, their families and carers, will continue.”
Notes to editor:
- ADASS’ Budget 2017 submission is available here:
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