Responding to today’s Government announcement that it will publish a social care Green Paper in summer 2018, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“We are pleased that Government has committed to publishing the long-awaited Green Paper on social care next summer, that it will be subject to public consultation, and that independent experts and sector stakeholders will be involved in helping to develop it for the benefit of older and disabled people.

“Adult social care helps improve people’s health and wellbeing, as well as their independence, choice and control so they can lead as fulfilling lives as possible. It is right that all members of society, many of whom are likely to need some form of care in their lives, will have a say on the future funding of care and delivery of care services.

“We are also encouraged that the Government will undertake a parallel programme of work focusing on issues for working-age adults, as financial pressures due to the increasing care needs of younger adults with disabilities or mental health problems are now greater than those due to supporting older people, which our Budget survey highlighted this year.

“This Paper presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reform adult social care for everyone who needs it and to address the issue of funding after 2020 when the extra £2 billion for social care runs out.

“Adult social care cannot continue without sufficient and sustainable resources. The sooner long-term, sustainable funding reforms are established to address the perilous state of adult social care – including overspent council budgets, care providers closing, contracts being handed back to councils and an increase in quality challenges - the sooner the sector can help provide reliable, personal and dignified care to the increasing number of people of all ages who need and deserve it.”