In response to yesterdays announcement, Julie Ogley, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“When we are older or disabled care staff are essential for our dignity and well being, to support us to live the lives we want to lead, in many instances to keep us alive. Caring can be highly rewarding, but as a sector we face a serious challenge, with nearly one in ten jobs vacant at any one time. It is recognised that funding for care and for  recruitment, retention and career progression is essential. We cannot get the care and dignity we need without brilliant carers and it is shameful that care work is described as low-skilled.

“Yesterday’s announcement underlines exactly why the Government needs to urgently bring forward proposals for reform of the social care system  and provide investment to reward and remunerate staff for their hard work with a workforce plan that compliments the NHS one shortly to be published.”