Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“The fact that nearly four in five adult social care services were rated ‘good’ and many others have improved is testament to the dedication of care staff working under significant and continuing pressures, although we recognise that more needs to be done.

“However, with councils overspending on adult social care budgets, contracts being handed back, providers closing, councils being fined for delayed transfers of care and potentially facing crippling backpay costs for sleep-in shifts, and the sector struggling to recruit and retain staff, the future is bleak for adult social care.

“While the extra £2 billion funding for adult social care is welcome, this is only short-term. Without a long-term, sustainable solution for adult social care, there will be worrying consequences for the fragile care market, the NHS and, most importantly, for older and disabled people, their families and carers who need and deserve good, reliable and personal care.

“The Government should bring forward its forthcoming consultation process on the future of adult social care, which ADASS stands ready to engage in, to help establish a better social care system that is fit for the 21st century.”