Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care 2015/16 report, Margaret Willcox, Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
“Our budget survey earlier this year found that more than 4 in 5 adult social services directors reported providers facing challenges to deliver high quality care, which is already being reflected in CQC ratings, with nearly a quarter of services assessed as “requiring improvement”. Additionally, more than three quarters of councils experienced some kind of social care provider failure last year, with care homes closing and home care providers handing back contracts despite 82 per cent of councils increasing fees to providers. As the full impact of the introduction of the welcome National Living Wage is felt and demand continues to rise as the population ages and people develop increasingly complex needs, we will only see more services put at risk.
“We have been arguing for some time now that adult social care needs to be given adequate recognition and resourcing. Services are being cut and the outlook for future care is bleak. We are at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy and unless the Government addresses the underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences for the care market, the NHS and, most importantly, for older and disabled people, their families and carers.
“In our submission ahead of the Autumn Statement we have called on the Government to be a power for good and support older and disabled people and their carers by addressing the current shortfall in funding, as well as the longer term financial issues. We are also asking them to work with us to improve recruitment and retention in social care to make sure that we have the right people available, in the right places, to give people the care and support they need.”
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